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Chapter 1: East Blue.

Posted by Will of D.For group archive 2
Will of D.
GM, 36 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Thu 9 Jul 2020
at 02:09
  • msg #1

Chapter 1: East Blue

Location: Kurau City
Mokomo Dukedom, Zou
The New World, The Grand Line

A sprawling city of stonework houses sat amidst a thick forest, several massive, ancient buildings embedded in the stonework ringing the forest just inside the Dukedom wall. A massive tree stretched upward, in the shape of a breaching whale, at the side opposite the gate, nestled deeper in the forested part of the island, but still within the walls.

A distant rumble shook the ground, and everyone instinctively took cover, though no one seemed even the slightest bit concerned. What looked like the open mouth of a volcano, grey and narrow, rose on the horizon beyond the great whale tree. It erupted violently, a massive spout of water bursting from the mouth, spewing a clearish liquid, enough to cover the entire island.

The liquid fell like an instant monsoon—“eruption rain”—a wave cleansing the surface of anything that failed to take cover, though nothing failed to do so today. Clusters of fish and other sea creatures were left in the wake of the liquid—it was sea water—and various fury humanoids, anthropomorphic mammals of every sort, casually grabbed buckets to toss the fish in, and continued about their business.

The Mink Tribe were the only intelligent inhabitants of Zou, and Tony Hart was one such Mink—a white tiger Mink. Tony was at work, preparing the bar of the famous gourmet restaurant, The Red Plate. They were about to open when Tony’s brother Leon D. Hart, a lion Mink, burst through the double doors of the kitchen!
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 1 post
Thu 9 Jul 2020
at 22:59
  • msg #2

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The doors fly open from the force of Leon's kick and he storms into the restaurant, dripping water everywhere from the eruption rain, "BROTHER!"

The Lion Mink is wearing black pants and white shirt with the sleeves rolled up and he has a katana and a bokken hanging from his belt. He grabs his neatly dressed brother and lifts him in a big hug that would suggest a reunion after a long time apart, which is odd because they still share a room in their parents house and had breakfast together that morning.

"The merchant ships are here! Do you realize what that means!?" The Lion doesn't wait for an answer, "We can hitch a ride and go be Pirates just like Jean Pierre! Come on, let's go!"
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 1 post
Sat 11 Jul 2020
at 22:16
  • msg #3

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Tony returns the hug by reflex, reveling in the feeling of his brother's cheek fur brushing against his own snowy white face. The hug is broken and Tony stumbles half a step back and hiccups. The smile slowly fades from his face as he looks around at the patrons all staring at them with an array of reactions from smiles to shock at these two huge cats.

"Little Bro! That was a dream before. Before I got off the Wagon...erm, became the wagon. But now look" he gestures to the restaurant, "I'm doing good now, I'm on the straight and narrow and doing really good. Mom and Dad came and ate last night and it's been quite some time since I've seen them this happy for me"

Tony smiles a little sadly as he takes Leon in, from the vibrating energy, to the small stains that transferred byrom his own apron.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 2 posts
Sat 11 Jul 2020
at 22:57
  • msg #4

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"Tony, I'm glad that you've got your life back on track. I mean it's kind of ironic that being permanently drunk was what you needed to kick the habit, but I'm very proud of you." Leon says and thoughtlessly shakes out the from his fur inside the restaurant to the dismay of all the customers, "And now that you're doing better we can finally go be pirates! Come on brother, I've been putting this off for years hoping you'd get a handle on things."

"You remember the Roger Pirates? The epic stories, the epic skills, the epic conflicts, and epic adventures! Jean Pierre Lafitte has his own crew now; he's a freaking Yonko!" Leon says pacing back and forth waving his arms about wildly, "We can go on our own adventures! We can build up a crew as awesome as Roger and go on super awesome mega adventures ourselves!"
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 2 posts
Sat 11 Jul 2020
at 23:07
  • msg #5

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"We can get our own crew?" Tony thinks back at watching his little brother grow up, the little brother who was always there for him, even at his lowest of lows. The same little brother who has wanted nothing by to be the best swordsman since the pirates first showed up in their village. He looks around the restaurant again his eyes looking over the people and objects in the room. "Where would we get a ship? We can't be pirates without a ship."
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 3 posts
Sat 11 Jul 2020
at 23:48
  • msg #6

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"Of course we can! Obviously I'm going to be an awesome Captain and you can be my first mate and ship Sommelier, but we'll need other people to do the other piratey things like navigating and fixing the ship." Leon says excitement feeding on his brother's question, "I dunno where we'll get a ship. We're going to be epic pirates, so we'll probably steal one or maybe someone will give us one because we'll be so epic and famous! Those are just details!"

He thrusts out his hand to shake, "What do you say brother!? Shall we go be epic pirates!?"
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 3 posts
Sun 12 Jul 2020
at 00:11
  • msg #7

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Tony feels his excitement grow even more. Of course the crew would need to eat, too! So I can do what I love, AND keep an eye on my little brother while helping him follow his own calling! He looks back to all the people eating. Suddenly a smile nearly splits his face in half, "Dinner is on the house! Me and my little brother are going to be pirates!" He took off his apron and put it on the nearest table as he puts his arm around Leon's shoulder and lead him out the door, not bothering to close it behind them.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 4 posts
Sun 12 Jul 2020
at 00:14
  • msg #8

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With a huge grin they run down to the docks to hitch a ride with the merchant ships, "We'll start by visiting the place where Roger's was executed! This is going to be the most epic adventure ever!"
Will of D.
GM, 42 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Sun 12 Jul 2020
at 02:23
  • msg #9

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Location: ??????
East Blue

Lost.

Lightning flashed through heavy rain. Thunder boomed in the dark sky overhead. Thunderclouds as far as the eye could see, and not an island in sight. The Lionheart Pirates made it as far as East Blue, even acquiring a old beat-up fishing boat to take them to Loguetown. They hadn’t even come close.... or rather, they had no idea how far or near they were. Reading maps and following the stars and sun were not as easy as they thought.

Even in the midst of the storm, a News Coo managed to find the ship, sloshing in the mild yet violent waves. The average looking gull—average aside from the black-billed, white hats and reddish leather satchels slung at the neck next to the newspaper—flew down and dropped a paper on the deck before being whisked away in a gust of wind. It corrected its course before continuing in the direction it was going.

The paper’s headline read,

REVOLUTION STRIKES VIRA!

It continued below:

Another coup d'état in the small country of Vira in the Grand Line sparks a full scale revolution. Officials report that the head of the Revolutionary Army himself, Taiyi D. Zhenren, was seen destroying Navy Ships near the capital once the riots started. This confirms previous suspicions that these terrorists were responsible for previous coups.

The section below was titled,
LOCAL NEWS: EAST BLUE.
The first article there read,

BREAKING: The Shadow Strikes Again!
A mysterious terrorist continues to plague Hundred Palms Island. The Navy is hard at work to discover who he is and why he is attacking the peaceful town of Coconut Village. Locals have come to nickname this villain The Shadow.


The wind nearly ripped the paper from their hands as they fought the storm.

For Japanese/Chinese names, I’m going with the traditional [Surname] [Middle Name] [Given Name].
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 5 posts
Sun 12 Jul 2020
at 04:07
  • msg #10

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Leon and Tony are sitting next to each other each other in the boat soaked to the bone, each loosely gripping an oar, resigned to let the storm toss their small boat around. The storm wasn't even the worst one they'd seen and any storm is better than the week of windless, currentless doldrums they'd had before that. The islands they'd stopped off on had been beyond boring, simple fishing villages, none of them hiding an evil conspiracy or ruled by a maniacal despot.

Though they had been given an old boat at one of the islands, it was a pity boat in every sense of the word. Given to them because the fishermen felt bad for them, but also in pitiful condition. A single many times mended sail, two oars of disparate lengths, and no matter how many times they patched it there was always a slow leak somewhere.

Their epic adventure adventure was turning out to be an epic failure and not even a spectacular defeat either, this adventure seemed determined to bore them to death... A News Coo? That meant they must be close to an island; at least they could find out where they were and get directions, though with their poor navigation skills it probably wouldn't help.

Leon holds tight to the paper and reads it. His ears perk up a bit and he starts the paragraph over reading it aloud to Tony, "Brother! This is just the sort of thing we've been looking for! Let's go to Hundred Palms Island and meet The Shadow! I dunno if we're gonna fight him or help him, but at least there's something interesting going on there!"
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 4 posts
Sun 12 Jul 2020
at 20:50
  • msg #11

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Tired and a little scared, Tony couldn't help but grin. "Well, the bird came from that way, so might as well go the way where once it came! With a cool name like the Shadow, he would make a great pirate to join our ranks...or awesome nemesis!" He began to row once more with his whole heart.
Will of D.
GM, 43 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Mon 13 Jul 2020
at 10:55
  • msg #12

Chapter 1: East Blue

As they rowed the tiny ship through the rough waves until they could go no further, sunlight finally broke through the clouds and the storm began to subside. Panting, arms numb from both cold and exhaustion, they saw a glimmer on the horizon: a ship! It was going straight towards them, flying some unrecognized flag, neither Jolly Roger nor Navy. It was a two-masted, square-rigged ship, seemingly unarmed. Deckhands scurried about, obviously spotting the Hart brothers as they drifted on the still settling waves.

As the ship came closer, a lookout on the front of the ship called out to them, "You two lost or stranded or something? A wonder you made it through that storm in that little boat!" He squinted for a moment, then his eyes went wide. "Animals! A lion and a white tiger! No... wait... uhhh, a lion... man and a tiger... man? What... are you?" His face was a mixture of confusion and fear.

"Minks?" said a man taking to the front of the ship next to the lookout. He wore a captains coat and hat, with a glittering saber at one hip and a shiny flintlock pistol at the other. He stared for moment, then finally nodded. "Yes, they must be Minks. Never heard of them outside the Grand Line. Truth be told, I sort of thought them a myth. They look sodden worse than an unshorn sheep in a monsoon." He called out louder, in case the pair of Minks hadn’t heard him yet. "You two need help? You look worse for wear, if not starving. This here is a merchant vessel, so we’ve got little to spare that’s not for sale, but I can’t rightly let you die out here."
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 5 posts
Tue 14 Jul 2020
at 01:40
  • msg #13

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Tony looked up at the man hailing them. Good sir, we would appreciate the help, maybe toss a line? My brother and I would be more than hiccup grateful!
Will of D.
GM, 45 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Tue 14 Jul 2020
at 02:19
  • msg #14

Chapter 1: East Blue

The captain raised an eyebrow, then squinted, pushing his head forward a bit on his neck as though looking closer at the pair.

"Are you drunk?!" the captain barked a laugh. "I’m not the trusting sort, but we can tow your boat along till we make land, and I’ll have the men put together something to keep your stomach’s from growling too much. Can’t promise much more, I’m afraid. Hundred Palms would be the next stop, but I’ll not be risking my wares in some town full of turmoil. You can make land there, or keep on till the Organ Islands."
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 6 posts
Tue 14 Jul 2020
at 04:04
  • msg #15

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"We are Minks!" Leon confirms standing up in the boat, "And what luck! We are trying to go to Hundred Palms to see what's going on with The Shadow!"

"A tow and food?! You guys are so nice!" Leon says as he tries in vain to shake the water from his fur, "See brother? Things are already back on track!"
Will of D.
GM, 46 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Tue 14 Jul 2020
at 12:29
  • msg #16

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The captain nodded and motioned for his men to throw a line out to tow the boat. "If you catch the scoundrel, and want to spend the bounty, you’ll find no better wares than on the Flying Fortune," he said, slapping the railing of his ship. "Remember the name Carter Hawkhurst, and the Hawkhurst Company," he said. "One day, perhaps, we’ll be the greatest merchant company to sail East Blue, maybe the world!"

The next day or so made quick friends of the group. The merchants were amicable and generous, despite Captain Carter’s protests to the contrary, and they made it to Hundred Palms with full bellies.

"Off with you," said Carter with a regretful smile. "I’ve got all the help I can get, and can’t afford to feed you two forever." His face belied his attempt to avoid a farewell.

I’ll give you two a chance to describe the short journey with the traders, and reaching the island, if you like, before moving on.
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 6 posts
Tue 14 Jul 2020
at 15:44
  • msg #17

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Tony sat, his back to the tiny mast of their small ship, tattered sail whipping lazily above him as they were pulled behind the larger boat. He turned to Leon, " So long as we don't have to row, I can really see why someone would want to be a pirate."
Will of D.
GM, 47 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Tue 14 Jul 2020
at 17:20
  • msg #18

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"A pirate!?" the captain said, nearly stumbling. After catching his breath and putting a hand to the railing, he said, "Well, I suppose as long as you don’t try and steal anything from us, there’s no harm. After all, we’re lending you aid. You wouldn’t want to... would you?" His eyes grew cold, and a hand unconsciously felt for his weapon. "Not everyone earns an honest living, but I like to think that even your lot can be honorable. Roger surely was an honorable one, for a pirate."
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 7 posts
Tue 14 Jul 2020
at 21:49
  • msg #19

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"Aye Captain, one day my brother here will be the most well known, loved, and respected pirates to ever sail a Blue! But have no fear my friend, your kindness and generosity will not be forgotten, and you and your men needn't worry about us. You have a fine vessel, but not the one we are looking for.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 7 posts
Tue 14 Jul 2020
at 22:36
  • msg #20

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"We met Roger! He's the reason we decided to become Pirates!" Leon says excitedly, "We aren't in it to rob and plunder, we're in it for the epic adventure! I am Leon D. Hart and I'm going to be the most epic pirate ever!"
Will of D.
GM, 49 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Tue 14 Jul 2020
at 23:15
  • msg #21

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"I have met Roger as well!" said Carter, removing his hat in his excitement. "He definitely set the bar high for epic adventures. He always bought from me, even when it was just me and a ship your size full of mostly useless junk. He always seemed genuinely interested in what he bought. I think half my income was Roger and his crew for the first year I was in business!"
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 8 posts
Wed 15 Jul 2020
at 01:53
  • msg #22

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"His first mate Jean Pierre Lafitte stayed at our house! He was the one who taught me how to use a sword and gave my brother a Devilfruit!" Leon says, "The Roger's pirates were the best!"

Bonding over their shared admiration for the great pirate Gol D. Roger the Hart brothers eat and drink and sing with the crew of the Flying Fortune well into the night. The next day the brothers pitch in around the ship, getting a crash course in sailing that they desperately needed, and before long Hundred Palms Island is in sight. They return to their small vessel and cast the line back to Captain Hawkhurst waving to the crew before rowing ashore, "Thanks again! And you remember us, the Lionheart Pirates!"
Will of D.
GM, 50 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Wed 15 Jul 2020
at 02:26
  • msg #23

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The captain looked away, a hand pulling his hat down.

"I will forget you immediately...," he said, a tear dripping off his chin. "I’ve already forgotten your name."

Leon D. Hart. That D....

The rest of the crew waved and cheered as they rowed away.



Location: Coconut Village
Hundred Palms Island, East Blue

A new day. A new island. A new town.

Coconut Village was nestled in a bay on the northern coast of Hundred Palms Island. The island itself was mostly palm-tree jungle, with far more than a hundred palms. A few other settlements poked out of the trees, one atop a ridge to the south, another southwest, peaking out of the middle of the jungle with buildings reaching just above the sparse canopy.

Coconut itself had bamboo huts along the beach, but more sturdy, brick and wood structures sprawled out among sand and dirt streets about a thirty foot climb up a ridge. The beach had some docks, and a few ships were tied off there, but there was also a massive, stone dock that was basically empty, but built for huge Navy ships and larger marching vessels. The smaller wooden docks wouldn’t do for more than a small fishing boat. Leon and Tony’s was almost too big for it.

There were WANTED posters with THE SHADOW plastered on everything within view that could hold a poster. The picture was of a figure wrapped in a hooded cloak, his face obscured, holding a pair of kukris.

A pair of marines were lounging on hammocks between palm trees near the steep steps that lead up to the main part of town.

In the seas behind them, another merchant ship was coming into the bay, sailing right past the Flying Fortune and her crew.
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 8 posts
Fri 17 Jul 2020
at 19:10
  • msg #24

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Tony stood up and stretched, scratching idly at his tummy. His maw opened wide in a yawn that ended with him facing the wanted poster. He nudged his brother and inclined his head.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 9 posts
Tue 21 Jul 2020
at 18:45
  • msg #25

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The brother's boat smoothly glides into the dock, or at least that was Leon's intention, what ended up happening was the boat was moving too fast and not parallel with the dock. The resulting crunch and lurch throws both brothers staggering and opens a few patches on the hull to resume their slow leaks. Leon quickly regains his composure and ties the boat up, "No matter. We'll get the hang of this."

The marines nearly fall out of their hammocks at the noise and several local fishermen cringe at the damage to dock and ship. Unperturbed Leon vaults over the side of the boat and begins striding up the dock to the island proper, "Hello there Marines! I'm Captain Leon D. Hart and I'm here to meet The Shadow! Where can I find him?"
Will of D.
GM, 53 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Wed 22 Jul 2020
at 00:29
  • msg #26

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The crunch of the boat made the few bystanders wince and turn their eyes toward the Mink brothers. Eyebrows raised, some jaws dropped, and others went white. They said nothing, but they all looked fearful.

The marines rolled over as if going back to sleep, never even looking at Leon and Tony. One grabbed a coconut that had been cracked open, a colorful straw and tiny umbrella poking out the top. He took a sip and grumbled something about it being handled, whatever that meant.

Everyone else slowly tried to get back to what they were doing, some trying with great effort to ignore the Minks, others simply frozen in place gawking.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 10 posts
Wed 22 Jul 2020
at 00:45
  • msg #27

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Leon frowns at that. He lazily saunters up to the hammocks and pokes one of the Marines hard, "Excuse me. What exactly does that mean?"
Will of D.
GM, 54 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Wed 22 Jul 2020
at 01:30
  • msg #28

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"Give over, you...," he trailed off as he turned to see Leon. After a brief moment of realization, he flipped the hammock over twice before hitting the sand face first. Scrambling to his feet, he reached for his Navy issue saber before realizing that it was leaning against the tree nearby.

The other marine really was asleep.

"Wha-what are you?" he said. Then it dawned on him. "By my mother’s grave, a Mink! You stupid oaf, I thought a bloody lion was attacking!" He stood, dusted himself off, and turned away. "I meant what I said. The Shadow will be dealt with. I’m not gonna give any more info to the likes of you. We have the situation under control. Now, be gone!"
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 9 posts
Wed 22 Jul 2020
at 21:34
  • msg #29

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Tony's brow furrowed and he kind of looked around. Does that mean you have The Shadow in custody? I assume not, since there are still wanted posters up. Tony shrugged, "I guess if you don't want him found, then we two Minks won't offer to help in the search." Tony really turns up the nonchalant-ness. "I guess you have it handled and you're currently taking a little break from searching so hard." Tony turns to his brother. "I guess they have it covered brother. They are obviously right on his tail, and wouldn't want to risk two new comers finding this villain first." .
Will of D.
GM, 55 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Fri 24 Jul 2020
at 02:08
  • msg #30

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The marine chuckled. "Oy, oy, you’ll see, hairball," he said. "If you really want to help catch him, go speak to the mayor. Now get out of my sight! You’re blocking the view."

He relaxed and went back to lounging.
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 10 posts
Fri 24 Jul 2020
at 22:19
  • msg #31

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Tony knuckled his forehead in a half salute and started to paw forward up the little road before slowly stumbling in a backward lurch before pausing. And the Mayor's name is? And he is located where?"
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 11 posts
Sat 25 Jul 2020
at 02:16
  • msg #32

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"Come on Tony. These lesser Minks clearly have lesser brains as well." Leon says turning up his nose at the Marines, "We'll leave these children to their naps and find the mayor ourselves. These two are doubtless too incompetent to manage even that."

Barring further interaction from the Marines we'll head into town and look for the mayor's office.
Will of D.
GM, 56 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Sat 25 Jul 2020
at 02:51
  • msg #33

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"Give over, you drunken fleebag!" he shouted, pointing without opening an eye much less turn toward the Mink.

The direction he pointed, toward the center of the town, had a huge building with a sign: TOWN HALL, it said, with MAYOR’S OFFICE right below.
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 1 post
Sat 25 Jul 2020
at 22:18
  • msg #34

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Around the time of the Mink brothers' arrival, Thane Bristol was in a worn down pub on the backside of the town, legs kicked up on the table while reading the most recent edition delivered via News Coo. Thane couldn't help but smile at the government's blatant hypocrisy. "They never change," he muttered to himself as he put the paper to the side to take another swig of his drink. After swallowing, Thane began reminiscing of the days where he partook of much higher quality sake while sailing on the open seas, salt-tinged air in his nostrils. However, the desire to return to the sea quickly faded when Thane remembered who else still sailed upon those seas and the past he was running from. All of a sudden, a pair of patrons entered the pub, talking loudly with excitement. Thane overheard one of them claiming to have seen Minks at the docks. The prospect Minks in Coconut Village sparked curiosity within him, and Thane decided to find out what had brought about their arrival to this town he had chosen to protect. Exiting the pub, Thane made his way through the backstreets in the direction of the docks, keeping his ears open to the conversations of the townsfolk as he passed them. Many were discussing the arrival of the Minks, and to Thane this was a nice reprieve from the constant chatter and debate he normally heard concerning The Shadow. Another smile came across his face as his excitement began to build.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 12 posts
Thu 30 Jul 2020
at 16:08
  • msg #35

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Leon opens the door and strides right in to the mayor's office without even slowing down. His quick purposeful strides take him into the huge building and and he follows signage toward the mayor's office without regard for guards or receptionists, "Come along Tony! We've got to speak to someone with authority on the issue!"
Will of D.
GM, 58 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Thu 30 Jul 2020
at 17:47
  • msg #36

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"What is the meaning of this!" the Mayor demanded as Leon barged into his office. His face went white for a moment at the sight of Minks, the regained his composure, standing up. "What do you want? Here to try and collect the bounty on the Shadow? I can see it on your faces. You aren’t the first. Ha! Maybe you can, but several have tried to no avail, and you won’t go on wantonly destroying things just to try and stop him. Measures have been taken, and he’ll be dealt with shortly. Today actually! Nothing you need to be concerned about, now. Move along, gentlem...minks."

He turned back to his paperwork, checked the time on a grandfather clock in the corner, and waved them to go.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 13 posts
Thu 30 Jul 2020
at 19:36
  • msg #37

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"Explain." Leon says leaping up onto the mayor's desk and sitting on his papers with crossed legs. He rests his face on his hands and his elbows on his knees, putting him nose to nose with the mayor, "What measures have been taken? You are not convincing me that wanton destruction in pursuit of The Shadow shouldn't be my next step."
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 11 posts
Thu 30 Jul 2020
at 19:41
  • msg #38

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Tony followed his brother, puffing his chest a little. As Leon sat on the desk, Tony leans against the desk, his chest on his brother's back, and puts his head on Leon's shoulder, putting him also face to face with the mayor.
Will of D.
GM, 59 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Thu 30 Jul 2020
at 21:41
  • msg #39

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The mayor raised an eyebrow, standing.

"You two will get out of my office immediately, or I’ll have you escorted off my island. Have I made myself clear?!"

He did not even try to answer Leon’s question. Something fishy was going on around here.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 14 posts
Fri 31 Jul 2020
at 01:01
  • msg #40

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"You have not." Leon says straightening up so they remained eye level, though he remains seated on the desk, "I think I'd like to see you try."

"What do you think Tony?"
Will of D.
GM, 60 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Fri 31 Jul 2020
at 01:48
  • msg #41

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The mayor’s face went red, at first in anger, and the shifting to a flush of embarrassment. Leon had called his bluff.

"Okay, fine," he said, sitting back down, still looking angry but angry at having no other choice. "I cannot divulge their details, because it will ruin the aforementioned measures. However, I can tell you that it will happen today, very soon, by the docks. I am certain the Shadow will show himself there shortly."

The man frowned at a stack of papers, then started leafing through absently.

"Satisfied?"
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 15 posts
Fri 31 Jul 2020
at 02:47
  • msg #42

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"Quite!" Leon says the he unfolds his legs and swivels himself to leap off the desk sending papers flying in every direction, "Thanks!"

"You heard the man! Let's get back down to the docks and see what happens! I hope the Shadow shows up, he sounds so cool!" Leon says and races out of the office and back the way they came.
Will of D.
GM, 61 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Fri 31 Jul 2020
at 12:19
  • msg #43

Chapter 1: East Blue

Just as the pair made it back to the beach, the merchant vessel that was coming into the harbor raised a black flag—its Jolly Roger! The skull of it was red, and bore horns and fangs, the crossbones appeared in front of the skull, rather than behind it, like an X crossing out the demon skull.

Without delay, the ship fired on the beach, sand spraying into the air. No one was injured; in fact, no one was near the blast. It seemed a warning shot, strange coming from pirates coming to raid a village.

The cry of alarm raised. The small Navy presence seemed ready, suddenly on their feet, rifles or sabers in hand, beginning to form ranks and file toward the docks. None appeared to be preparing to engage the pirates, though. The seemed waiting for something else, glancing away from the beach, like they expected an ambush.
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 2 posts
Fri 31 Jul 2020
at 19:27
  • msg #44

Chapter 1: East Blue

Having been on his way to the docks, Thane was nearby when he heard the blast from the ship with the newly revealed jolly roger. Finding a back alley with no one around, Thane pulled out his mask, preparing to enter the fray. "Pirates. Always doing whatever they want, whenever they want. At least the Navy keeps most of its unjust dealings to the dark." Thane let out a sigh to steel himself for the fight to come. "A shadow has nowhere to hide in the daylight, but it looks like I have no choice." Emerging from the alley into the docks, Thane slings a throwing knife at the jolly roger now flowing in the wind above the ship. Without any hesitation after the throw, Thane warps onto the deck of the ship, not knowing what awaits him there. As he lands on the deck, his throwing knife finishes its course in the sky: slicing through the flag hoisted over the ship.

I rolled a 12 for my knife throw, and my Knife skill is a 19, so I assumed it was a success. Also still new to the die rolling aspect, so let me know if there's a better way to do it.
This message had punctuation tweaked by the player at 15:07, Wed 19 Aug 2020.
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 12 posts
Fri 31 Jul 2020
at 21:03
  • msg #45

Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony marched along at his brother's side as they made their way back to the docks. Suddenly a loud blast rang through the air, the sound coming right from where they were headed. Tony grinned and looked at his brother, a gleam of excitement in his eye, then took off in a run toward the commotion.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 16 posts
Fri 31 Jul 2020
at 21:17
  • msg #46

Chapter 1: East Blue

"Tony look!" Leon says pointing at the jolly roger as it flutters down to the deck, "The Shadow is going after those pirates! Come on! I want to go see!"

And then Leon realized his brother had already taken off running and hurries to catch up smiling broadly, "WAIT FOR MEEEE!!!"
Will of D.
GM, 62 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Fri 31 Jul 2020
at 22:55
  • msg #47

Chapter 1: East Blue

As the flag was cut from its pole atop the mast, the deckhands all turned their heads upward, then back toward the land to see who through the knife. While their heads were turned, the man who threw the knife to cut the flag free vanished, appearing on the ship’s deck without being noticed.

"Kusoooo!" roared what looked like the captain, taking to the helm. He wore a red long coat, gold trim down the front and at the wrists, white embroidery decorating the collar, and firm yellow epaulets at the shoulder. He wore a tricorn hat now that the flag had been raised, a plume of flack feather sticking out of one side. He wore a neatly trimmed, pitch black beard without the mustache. His face was a worried grimace. "I think it was him, men! He must have done it from the shadows!"

"What shadows, sir? It’s midday...," said a deckhand, who shrank back, instantly regretting the comment.

"I DON’T BLOODY KNOW!" the captain snapped. "But they bloody call him the Shadow. Where else could he be?"

The ship was at the docks now, and the men moved to prepare another cannon blast!
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 3 posts
Sat 1 Aug 2020
at 19:25
  • msg #48

Chapter 1: East Blue

Hearing the captain give his orders, Thane decided he wanted to end things as quickly as possible. Drawing his dual kukri knives, Thane warped directly behind the captain saying, "Don't forget about the shadow that clings ever so closely."

I rolled a 13 for my Warp 16 and a 12 for my Fast-Draw 17.
This message had punctuation tweaked by the player at 15:07, Wed 19 Aug 2020.
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 13 posts
Sun 2 Aug 2020
at 18:19
  • msg #49

Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony slowed a little to Allow his brother to take the lead, and prepped his claws for battle.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 17 posts
Mon 3 Aug 2020
at 18:39
  • msg #50

Chapter 1: East Blue

As they run Leon frowns at all of the Marines lined up in front of them then he smiles as a crazy idea enters his mind. He passes his brother and quickly stops at a yardarm on the large dock wrapping his arm once in the rope and whipping out how katana, "Grab onto me and hold tight!"

As soon as Tony get a grip Leon slashes down on some of the control ropes for the big crane and as the counterweight drops the it sends the arm spinning and the rope reeling upward rapidly. Leon let's go of the rope at the apex of it's arc and the brothers are catapulted through the air toward the pirate ship menacing the harbor.

"WOOHOO-HOO-HOO YEEEEAH!"

ST-Based Katana! 23, rolled 9, so success by 14.
This message was last edited by the player at 20:35, Mon 03 Aug 2020.
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 14 posts
Mon 3 Aug 2020
at 20:30
  • msg #51

Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony grips his brother tight with one arm and produces his claws from the opposite hand. He grins as he sees his brother cut the rope and can't help but let out a small cheer as he feels the exhilaration of the air rushing over his fir.
Will of D.
GM, 64 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Mon 3 Aug 2020
at 23:44
  • msg #52

Chapter 1: East Blue

Leon and Tony vaulted off the dock, flying through the air while clinging to the cut rope. The pirate crew and Navy soldiers all focused on this dramatic spectacle. Some of them simply stood there, staring in confusion.

"What are they doing?" someone on deck murmured, half to himself. "They could have just walked up the gang plank...."

The captain was even distracted for a moment, though he spun wide-eyed at the sound of steel rasping behind him.

"He’s here!" the captain snapped. "Seastone nets at the ready!"

The crew snapped out of their stupor, dropped everything they were doing and grabbed nets. The marines lined up on shore snapped their rifles up at the cry of alarm.

The two Minks landed directly opposite the helm from the captain, now behind him since he had turned to face the Shadow. They with the Shadow and the pirate captain stood completely surrounded by enemies with nets in hand.

Now’s probably a good point to say that combat has begun! That is, take one second worth of actions at a time. ^_^
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 18 posts
Tue 4 Aug 2020
at 00:28
  • msg #53

Chapter 1: East Blue

Landing lightly on his feet he makes sure his brother is as steady as he can be in his permanently inebriated state then he runs up to The Shadow shoving the other Captain out of the way with the flat of his sword, "SECRET TECHNIQUE: EARLY BIRD GETS THE WORM!"

He sheathes his katana and holds out his hand to shake, "Hi The Shadow, I'm Leon D. Hart! I've been hoping to meet you ever since I saw your wanted poster!"

Shove with Katana! 20-10(deceptive)=10, rolled 10, success!
12×2= 24 knockback damage!


HP: 20/20     FP: 12/12
This message was last edited by the player at 01:03, Tue 04 Aug 2020.
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 15 posts
Tue 4 Aug 2020
at 01:46
  • msg #54

Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony, right on his brother's heels, goes to lean in to shake The Shadow's hand, too, in doing so, accidentally shoving the Captain out of his way. " OOPSIE DAISY"


10 to hit
20 for damage

This message was last edited by the player at 02:05, Tue 04 Aug 2020.
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 4 posts
Tue 4 Aug 2020
at 03:44
  • msg #55

Chapter 1: East Blue

Although taken aback by the sudden appearance of Leon and Tony, Thane quickly notes that they don't seem to be with the pirates that had fired on the city. “Sorry guys, but I kind of have my hands full here,” Thane says raising his dual kukri knives. “Help me keep these pirates from hurting the townsfolk and I’ll gladly talk with you after. Looks like you guys already acquainted yourselves with their captain, so I’ll go take care of the cannon.” Thane turns, keeping the Minks in his peripherals, and begins running towards the cannon. Leaping into the air, Thane attacks with both kukris slashing down in a left to right pattern at the first pirate in his path: “Twin Fang: Pantera Slash.”


Knife! roll was a 14, success
The rolls for double strike were 14 and 10 respectively. I think that is 24 damage total.
This message was last edited by the player at 15:02, Wed 19 Aug 2020.
Will of D.
GM, 65 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Tue 4 Aug 2020
at 04:59
  • msg #56

Chapter 1: East Blue

Leon practically bulled over the captain to get to the Shadow, and while he was still off-balance, scrambling to keep his feet, Tony delivered a similar blow, shoving the captain over the railing next to the helm. He went plummeting into some of his men, on the deck below the raised portion where the helm stood.

"KUSO!" the man swore, looking embarrassed to be so caught off guard. "Well, what are you waiting for? GET HIM!" He glared daggers at the Mink brothers. "And his bloody accomplices! I knew I was right! There’s no way he was working alone!"

Thane tore the closest pirate to shreds, a spray of blood showering the men around him.

Then, all the pirates began throwing nets at the three of them!

Everyone must defend twice or risk being caught in the net! It’s Seastone, so it will prevent Warping if you’re hit.
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 16 posts
Tue 4 Aug 2020
at 20:50
  • msg #57

Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony's eyes narrowed as he saw all around him preparing to throw nets at his brother, himself, and their new acquaintance. Following the momentum of his constant stumbles and the movement of the water he quickly spun around, claws flashing in their rush to meet the nets  "SLOSHED SLASH!" Tony continued through the sliced and diced nets to the two closest people who threw them. Charging with rage, he lifts his two claws high, one in front of each of them, and slashed them down diagonally, his paws meeting together with a satisfying clap. "Double Shot"

2 rolls with claw, 9 and 13 for defense to cut the nets. 4 and 11 for the attacks on the two crewmen. Damage 16 and 19, resp.

This message was last edited by the player at 22:39, Tue 04 Aug 2020.
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 5 posts
Tue 4 Aug 2020
at 21:16
  • msg #58

Chapter 1: East Blue

Seeing the seastone nets coming towards him, Thane continues his beeline towards the cannon, a huge grin appearing on his face. Maintaining his focus amidst the chaos, Thane warps forward next to the cannon, past the seastone nets,  without missing a beat. The seastone nets land on the deck where he used to be. "Ha! You can't catch a shadow that easily!" Thane rushes toward the pirate next to the cannon holding a seastone net, cutting with both kukri knives aimed at the neck, "Twin Fang: Vampira Bite!"


I rolled a 3, critical success, for my warp dodge, so I was told I could choose where I ended up for my warp. For my attack I rolled a 11 for my Knife 19 attack, and total 21 for damage.
This message was last edited by the player at 15:03, Wed 19 Aug 2020.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 19 posts
Wed 5 Aug 2020
at 00:00
  • msg #59

Chapter 1: East Blue

Leon's sword flashes out in an instant deflecting both nets and then swings several the four pirates that his brother didn't attack, "LOW HANGING FRUIT!"

"We were actually just here to meet The Shadow! We are not his accomplices!"He shouts to the captain of the pirates, "But now that you've attacked the Lionheart Pirates you'll have to deal with us too!"

Fast Draw success!
One parry fail (spend WCP for success) and the other succeeds.
Four attacks, 3 succeed, spend 1 WCP to succeed the fourth.
28,29,28,30 cutting damage.


HP: 20/20     FP: 12/12
Will of D.
GM, 66 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Wed 5 Aug 2020
at 17:46
  • msg #60

Chapter 1: East Blue

Chaos on deck!

Tony slashed through both nets, the pieces falling to the ground around him. He stepped toward the closest pirates, ripping through their chests with razor sharp claws, a splatter of crimson painting the nearby crewmen. Both victims collapsed.

Thane vanished as the nets hit where he was standing. He appeared right next to the cannon, turning on the one standing nearest the weapon. His neck erupted in a spray of blood as he toppled backwards over the railing and overboard.

Leon dropped the four remaining pirates immediately surrounding him and Tony. It happened so fast, they hit the deck at the same time, eyes rolled back in their skulls.

"Lionheart?" the captain barked a laugh. "Never heard of 'em. Well, you’re in the way either way, kitty cat!" He scrambled to his feet, clambering away from the fray. "Get them! Take them all you fools!"

At his command, more nets came flying through the air. The crew seemed less surprised now that they realized the Shadow was using some sort of teleportation. A group of a dozen pirates split, half going toward the two Minks, the other half tossing nets at the Shadow!

12 pirates total attacking. They all stop 2 yards away from their respective targets:

Leon and Tony each must defend against 3 nets.

Thane must defend against 6 nets.

Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 20 posts
Wed 5 Aug 2020
at 19:08
  • msg #61

Chapter 1: East Blue

Leon bats each of the nets aside contemptuously, "Nets seriously!? Are we pirates or fishermen!?"

"LOW HANGING FRUIT!"the Lion mink shouts as his blade whips around in each direction to dispatch four more crewmen, "How many of your crew will you sacrifice to my blade before you face me yourself Captain!?"

3 Parries succeed, one a crit.
Four attacks, 2 succeed, spend 2 WCP to succeed all.
23,26,24,25 cutting damage.


HP: 20/20     FP: 12/12     WCP: 6/10
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 6 posts
Thu 6 Aug 2020
at 02:04
  • msg #62

Chapter 1: East Blue

Not wanting to give up his position after finally securing the area around the cannon, Thane begins deftly twirling his kukris in his hands. Spinning himself in a tight circle, Thane deflects 3 nets with each knife, "Twin Fang: Nighthawk Whirlwind!"

Turning his attention back to the cannon, Thane decides he's going to try to eliminate the entire threat to the city in one fell swoop. "Where are you going? The party is just getting started!" Thane yells at the retreating captain as he warps the cannon directly above the man's head.


5,12,11 for Parry13, Parry13-1, Parry13-2 Left Hand- All successes.
11,9,10 for Parry13, Parry13-1, Parry13-2 Right Hand- All successes.
6 for Warp 16 for warping cannon- Success.

This message had punctuation tweaked by the player at 15:05, Wed 19 Aug 2020.
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 17 posts
Thu 6 Aug 2020
at 03:58
  • msg #63

Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony roars as he turns to the remaining three, a roar interrupted by a hiccup that turned into a fiery belch. SAKE BREATH *BLUUUUURRRP* . The flame disintegrates one net and blasts the man who threw it. Then as the nets get closer, Tony spins and slashes the two nets flying at him from opposite directions, a quick spin with arms outstretched, "CORKSCREW CLAWS!" . He then makes eye contact with one of the remaining two mooks and smiles as he leaps at him. CHAMPAGNE SPRAY! .

10 to hit with Sake Breath for 27 damage.
6 and 11 to parry the nets, 17 and 14 damage.
8 to hit with leap, 18 damage.

Will of D.
GM, 67 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Fri 7 Aug 2020
at 02:11
  • msg #64

Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony torched one net, burning it to ash in a flash, and catching the thrower in the blast. The pirate was completely blackened when the flames subsided. He collapsed, tendrils of smoke rising.

Leon dispatched the nets, and the pirates, with ease, his blade a blur as enemies fell around him. As he deflected one net, he just happened to lop off one of the weights, sending it flying over the heads of the pirates around him. The weight smashed the captain in the face.

"Move, you—," he was cut off by the impact in the nose, and stepped back looking a little dazed from the blow.

Thane was like a tornado of steel, the nets slashed aside, leaving a ring of ropes and Seastone-lined metal bits. He put a hand to the cannon, and it vanished! An eyeblink later, a loud crash turned every head toward the captain. Where he once stood, there was now a huge hole in the deck. The man let out a weak groan, barely audibly amidst the chaos.

One of the remaining pirates called out to the marines on the shore: "NOW!"

The marines lining the beach stormed the dock, surrounding the ship at every exit point besides going into the water. They all pulled out Seastone nets as well! There looked to be 25 men on the dock, an officer of low rank standing a ways back, glancing at his wristwatch and watching impatiently.

The last few pirates remaining on deck, leapt over the sides into the water, leaving the ship vacant of any but the Minks and the Shadow.

Lots of directions you can take this. Be creative! Have fun!
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 21 posts
Fri 7 Aug 2020
at 05:17
  • msg #65

Chapter 1: East Blue

"The Shadow, Brother, get to the dock! Don't let them corner you! I'm going after their leader!" Leon orders then he leaps so fast it almost seems that he teleported. His leap carries him off the ship and right at the low ranked officer shouting, "SECRET TECHNIQUE: DROP OF A HAT!

Instant Flying Leap success!
Flying Leap attack success!
66 cutting damage.


HP: 20/20     FP: 11/12     WCP: 6/10
This message was last edited by the player at 21:07, Fri 07 Aug 2020.
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 18 posts
Fri 7 Aug 2020
at 21:08
  • msg #66

Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony runs toward the Shadow so they could back eachother up for what he sees as an upcoming battle to the dock.
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 7 posts
Fri 7 Aug 2020
at 23:05
  • msg #67

Chapter 1: East Blue

"Sure thing," Thane calls back to Leon as he leaps at the officer. Putting his hand on Tony, who had crossed the deck to him, Thane winks saying, "Let's not let your brother have all the fun. You may experience some dizziness, nausea, etc.; the usual side effects... But anyway, here we go!" Thane and Tony warp from the ship onto the docks below, right behind all of the marines who were preparing to board the ship.

I rolled a 7 for my Passenger warp 14 (spent 5 FP)- success. 7/12 FP remaining
This message had punctuation tweaked by the player at 15:05, Wed 19 Aug 2020.
Will of D.
GM, 68 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Sat 8 Aug 2020
at 00:18
  • msg #68

Chapter 1: East Blue

Leon made it to the young officer in a single bound, his katana nearly bisecting the poor man. His eyes went wide after the blow struck, and he dropped a Transponder Snail from his coat pocket as he went down.

Tony joined Thane, who teleported them both just as the marines began to board. They appeared on the dock behind the soldiers, who all turned in shock to see their targets suddenly flanking them.

They also saw their officer go down, and they looked panicked, but did not drop their nets.

GACHA, the Transponder Snail opened its eyes, an angry face staring up at Leon.

"Who are you, Mink, that you decide to chop down my lieutenant and sabotage this operation." The voice was dangerous but calm.
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 8 posts
Sat 8 Aug 2020
at 02:16
  • msg #69

Chapter 1: East Blue

Upon completion of warping with Tony, Thane faces the marines who had begun to board the ship. Spinning his kukris deftly in his hands, he sheathes them. Suddenly in their place are four throwing knives per hand... so quickly in fact that one may have thought Thane had used his warping abilities to switch weapons. "Fangs of the Wolf Pack: Howling Barrage!" Thane sends the eight throwing knives out at eight of the closest marines.

I rolled an 8 for my Body Sense 17-2 to about face, and a 12 for my Warp 16-2 after warping to the docks.

I then rolled 9,12,11,14 to switch grip on my kukri knives and sheathe them (successes for Knife 19-6+2 and Knife 19 respectively.) Then rolled 9,13 to fast draw 4 throwing knives per hand at Fast Draw 17-3. Then rolled 8 times to throw 8 knives at 8 different marines for Throwing Knife 18-3-1: 10,12,12,7,10,15,6,14. Spent 1 WCP to make the one failure (15) a success. 5/6 WCP remaining.

Rolled damage for 8 throwing knives: 10,7,10,9,11,7,10,6

This message was last edited by the player at 15:04, Wed 19 Aug 2020.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 22 posts
Sat 8 Aug 2020
at 02:23
  • msg #70

Chapter 1: East Blue

"I am Leon D. Hart; Captain of the Lionheart Pirates!" Leon says flicking the den den mushi up in the air with his katana and catching it in his other hand, "I am going to be the most legendary pirate ever to sail the sea!"

The Lion Mink had unconsciously struck a pose, back straight, sword raised high, and eyes staring into the distance while declaring his life's purpose. He shakes his head, blinks a few times, and looks down at the snail, "Now who are you and what operation is it that I've interrupted?"

HP: 20/20     FP: 11/12     WCP: 6/10
This message was last edited by the player at 03:19, Sat 08 Aug 2020.
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 19 posts
Sat 8 Aug 2020
at 03:07
  • msg #71

Chapter 1: East Blue

"GOOD THROWS!!!" Tony roared to the Shadow. "Your aim is something to behold! Masterful, even" Tony smiled ear to ear and stage whispers "my turn" his right hand shoots forward, "WITH A TWIST OF LEMON!" . a small jet of liquid shoots from Tony's paw and slams into the face of the marine directly across from him.

10 to hit with sake jet
Will of D.
GM, 70 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Sat 8 Aug 2020
at 04:19
  • msg #72

Chapter 1: East Blue

"Lionheart Pirates, eh?" the voice over the snail mused. "Never heard of them. At any rate, I can see that you and your friends are making quick work of my men as well as this smaller crew of the Demonslayer Pirates—I don’t know why I expected more than their most pathetic crew, but I digress. I’m trying to decide if this mission is even worth my time. This Shadow’s bounty isn’t worth this much effort, but the Mayor paid for it, and to hire the pirates. It seems this little vigilante has been thwarting his unsavory streams of income."

He paused, still not bothering to give his name or rank. "So, what do you say, Leon? Is it worth my time to try and salvage this train wreck?"

Meanwhile, Thane thrust his kurkis into their sheathes, four knives replacing each before being hurled in rapid succession at the nearest of the marines. All eight daggers found their marks. The wave of marines stumbled back and collapsed.

Tony shot a stream of alcohol from a hand, directly into the face of a marine. He screamed in pain, hands going to his eyes as they were seared with the volatile liquid.

The other 16 marines stumbled their way back down the gangplank toward the pair, nets loose!

They’re too bunched up to all attack at once, but you have 4 nets each to defend against!
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 9 posts
Sat 8 Aug 2020
at 04:40
  • msg #73

Chapter 1: East Blue

Seeing the incoming nets, and no longer having any weapons in hand, Thane activates his warp ability to dodge them. Finding himself further back and slightly to one side, Thane draws two throwing knives for each hand and attacks the nearest marine with all four: "Fangs of the Wolf Pack: Alpha Strike!"

I rolled a 9 for my Warp Dodge 16 - Success. Interested to hear where I end up since it will be random this time!

I rolled a 10 for my Body Sense roll and a 12 for my Warp recovery.
Fast Draw 17-1 for my throwing knives were successes (12,11)
My four attack success rolls for Throwing Knife 14 (18-1-1-2) were 12,9,13,18 meaning 3 successes and 1 critical failure...

I rolled 7,11,10,9 for the damage.

This message was last edited by the player at 15:04, Wed 19 Aug 2020.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 23 posts
Sat 8 Aug 2020
at 04:53
  • msg #74

Chapter 1: East Blue

"You admit that the Mayor is in league with these Demonslayer pirates and that he's drawing unsavory sources of income." Leon says, "Seems to me you know full well The Shadow has been doing the job the Navy should've been doing. Seems that if you ordered your men to stand down and let us end the mayor's corruption all your troubles might vanish at once!"

Talker! success by 6. Also have Charisma 2 however that factors in.

HP: 20/20     FP: 11/12     WCP: 6/10
This message was last edited by the player at 16:53, Sat 08 Aug 2020.
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 20 posts
Sat 8 Aug 2020
at 14:28
  • msg #75

Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony sees The Shadow pop out of existence next to him and grins, knowing he is on his own, he belches a jet of flame up the gang plank, "SAKE SEAR" .

12 to parry with Sake Breath, 25 damage
11 to attack with SB, 20 for damage

This message was last edited by the player at 15:05, Sat 08 Aug 2020.
Will of D.
GM, 71 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Sat 8 Aug 2020
at 19:30
  • msg #76

Chapter 1: East Blue

Thane vanished, reappearing a few yards further away from the Marines. He drew knives again, hurling them all at one Marine. The man’s eyes opened wide, three blades protruding from his gut. He collapsed, blocking the way down the gangplank, leaving the rest of the Marines sputtering to a stop, almost barreling each other over in the process. The fourth and final blade veered off coarse, and plunged right into Tony’s back! It’s made a splosh sound, then clanged off the dock and splashed into the water.

Tony takes a knife to the back! Just 1 HP injury, though. ^_^

Tony looked unfazed by the accidental attack, and took the opportunity given to torch the gangplank, along with all the Marines stuck on it. He incinerated the nets, leaving the weights clattering to the ground around him like a brief downpour. The flames caught the entire gangplank full of Marines, and he belched out another burst of flames, searing the lot of them. The gangplank itself was on fire, and the charred soldiers fell off the sides into the water like a load of barrels pushed overboard.

"It seems I have no need to withdraw my men," the voice said to Leon. "Leave the mayor to me. Otherwise, I’m just as in league with pirates as him. I have too much work to do to deal with you right now, so consider this a courtesy head start."

GACHA, the snail said, the other end of the line hanging up.

Your call if you want to listen to him or not. :)
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 24 posts
Sat 8 Aug 2020
at 20:54
  • msg #77

Chapter 1: East Blue

The brief battle subsides as the mysterious caller delivers his ultimatum. Leon smiles wide at the prospect of another mystery to investigate.

"Tony, The Shadow, on me!" Leon shouts dropping the den den mushi onto the body of it's owner. He points his katana toward the center of the town and starts running, "The head marine is going to the mayor's office! I want to see who it is!"

Or not. :)
This message was last edited by the player at 21:24, Sat 08 Aug 2020.
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 10 posts
Sat 8 Aug 2020
at 21:41
  • msg #78

Chapter 1: East Blue

"Don't touch the mayor until I get there. He has some explaining to do for what happened here!" Thane responds, turning away from the ship and running after Leon.
This message was last edited by the player at 15:01, Wed 19 Aug 2020.
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 21 posts
Mon 10 Aug 2020
at 12:54
  • msg #79

Chapter 1: East Blue

Flames dance in Tony's eyes. He hadn't meant to torch the plank itself, but right before attacking, something hit him in the back. The beautiful colors of the fire pulled Tony in, the warmth comforting him and pushing everything else out of his mind. He was at peace. "Tony, The Shadow, on me!" Suddenly Tony was pulled out of his revelry and starts to run after Leon.
Will of D.
GM, 73 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Mon 10 Aug 2020
at 13:37
  • msg #80

Chapter 1: East Blue

The trio made their way up the beach and into the town. As they ran, the pirates which had abandoned the ship could be seen trying in vain to put out the flames of the gangplank.

Once reaching the mayor’s office, they found the door open, and the mayor sitting at his desk, making notes on a few documents. He did not so much as acknowledge the presence of the three. The room was in exactly the same condition it had been when the Mink brothers were here before. The monotony with which the mayor worked was odd. He had no sense of urgency or stress, just working mechanically away at the paperwork piling up.

There was a note folded in half on the corner of the desk, looking as if proffered to them before they even arrived.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 25 posts
Mon 10 Aug 2020
at 13:50
  • msg #81

Chapter 1: East Blue

"Well this is not what I was expecting..." Leon says, he stalks forward and grabs the note. As he dies he bends down eye level and waves his hands in front of the mayor's face, "Hello?"
Will of D.
GM, 74 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Mon 10 Aug 2020
at 14:10
  • msg #82

Chapter 1: East Blue

The mayor looked up with a smile.

"Welcome to Coconut Village!" he said, standing up and extending a hand in greeting. "Is there anything I can help you boys with?"

He was a completely different person. Only the face and features were the same. Except for his eyes. Looking into his eyes was like looking into the cold, lifeless eyes of a corpse. Everything else was like a completely different person was wearing the mayor’s face....

The note read,

The mayor will not be a problem anymore. You have time now to escape while I uproot the corruption on this island. Consider it fair trade for helping to lance this festering boil.

Captain Dryden

Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 26 posts
Mon 10 Aug 2020
at 16:02
  • msg #83

Chapter 1: East Blue

"That is... Really cool! Completely disturbing, but really cool." Leon says as the note is passed back to The Shadow and Tony, "Nevermind Mr. Mayor. We were just leaving."

The trio ducks into the hallway and makes their way to the street then Leon turns to The Shadow, ""Mr. The Shadow, it has been a real pleasure getting to see you work! However, it is my assessment that the abilities of this Captain Dryden are beyond the scope of what the Lionheart Pirates can handle at this point, so we are going to depart before we end up like the mayor."

He holds out his hand to shake, "I would say goodbye, but I think you should join the Lionheart Pirates instead. What do you say?"
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 11 posts
Mon 10 Aug 2020
at 20:11
  • msg #84

Chapter 1: East Blue

"The name is Thane, but you can call me The Shadow if you like I guess," Thane answers back, shaking Leon's paw/hand, etc. "I was just thinking I missed the open sea, and I think it would be wise to not stick around here anymore. Especially if doing so will endanger the townsfolk again like it did this morning," Thane said. As he said this, he could help but think about whether anyone else's attention may have been drawn to his escapades in Coconut Village, as they had already for Captain Dryden. "So, where were you thinking of going next?" Thane asks Leon.

"Oh, that reminds me." Turning to Tony, Thane puts up his finger as if asking them to wait for a moment. 10 seconds later, he warps his knife back from the docks that went off course hitting Tony in the back: "Didn't mean to... why is this soaked in alcohol?"

Rolled a 15 for my Snatcher ability, so barely succeeded. Also spent 2 FP, so went down to 5/12 for that. I figured we were close to done with this part anyway, and thought it would be an interesting way for my character to learn of Tony's abilities.
This message had punctuation tweaked by the player at 15:00, Wed 19 Aug 2020.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 27 posts
Tue 11 Aug 2020
at 19:24
  • msg #85

Chapter 1: East Blue

"Honestly, I have no idea. We are fair pirates, but awful navigators. We only made it here by luck..." Leon says shaking his head sadly, "I don't suppose you know which way it is to the closest island do you?"
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 22 posts
Wed 12 Aug 2020
at 03:00
  • msg #86

Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony can't believe their turn of events. A ship, a new friend, and one adventure down already! He looks at his new crewmate and smiles at his question. "Come here, m'er" Tony puts his arm around Thane's neck and pulls him in for a whispered conversation. "I used to have a little, wee, tiny," Tony holds his hand up, thumb and forefinger as far apart as possible, and brings them closer incrementally with each word. "itsy, bitsy...major drinking problem. And one day my" gestures toward Leon with the arm not around Thane's neck, and then loudly "Brother!" Now getting into his story, Tony starts using his arms to tell the rest, releasing Thane. "He brought me a bunch of fruit to make my el speci-AL Sangria. I diced and chopped and prepped it all, tasting along the way and then I felt strange. Leon got me a Devil Fruit." Tony smiles a toothy grin at Leon "Well, I tried to celebrate like I always did; with a drink! But...nothing happened. I was already as drunk as I was going to be. And have been since. But now I can be extra snooty about it because I can always pick the best alcohol on hand, Haha!"
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 12 posts
Wed 12 Aug 2020
at 22:11
  • msg #87

Chapter 1: East Blue

"Ah. Another Devil Fruit Eater. Don't see a lot of those around here... Though now that I think about it, we also don't see a lot of Minks around here either." Thane laughs as he cleans off his knife. Turning to Leon, Thane responds, "Well, I know you came because you heard of The Shadow, but it just so happens that I'm also a navigator. Trained with the navy until I found out about their under the table dealings like we witnessed here today. I can definitely help you guys get to the next island. Where is your ship docked?"

I wasn't sure if we were going to play through stealing a ship or not. Also, do you need me to roll anything for navigation purposes from one island to the next?
This message had punctuation tweaked by the player at 14:59, Wed 19 Aug 2020.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 28 posts
Wed 12 Aug 2020
at 22:27
  • msg #88

Chapter 1: East Blue

"You've already been aboard our ship!" Leon says cheerily as the trio continues their brisk march back to the docks, "I rather liked the Demonslayer Pirate's ship when we were aboard didn't you? Since we decimated their ranks I'd say we've earned it! Plus our ship is small and rather beat up, so we kinda need an upgrade..."
This message was last edited by the player at 22:34, Wed 12 Aug 2020.
Will of D.
GM, 75 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Wed 12 Aug 2020
at 22:58
  • msg #89

Chapter 1: East Blue

The Lionhearts arrived at the dock to find the few pirates that remained being taken into custody by a handful of marines. The captain was being carried away on a stretcher, his body covered head to toe in bandages. The marines didn’t even seem to notice the Minks and their new companion.

The gangplank had burned completely, but it wouldn’t be too hard to grab some stray rigging and climb up. There was a massive hole right by the helm, but otherwise the ship was in reasonable shape. The cannon hadn’t gone through more than the deck. She would need some love and care, but she was seaworthy enough.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 29 posts
Thu 13 Aug 2020
at 04:32
  • msg #90

Chapter 1: East Blue

"Lionhearts, fortune smiles upon us! To the ship!" Leon shouts thrusting his fist in the air. Before joining his crew, he grabs the shoulder of a passing marine and turns to face him, "Hello?"

I want to know if he's got that same dead eyed thing the mayor has going on. Also is he wounded/dead? Same goes for any other of the Navy that are milling around ignoring is at this point.
Will of D.
GM, 77 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Thu 13 Aug 2020
at 12:28
  • msg #91

Chapter 1: East Blue

The marine snapped his attention to Leon in surprise.

"Hmmm?" he said, confused by the question. "We’ve got work to do, uhhh, whatever you are. Move along."

His eyes looked normal. He apparently had no orders regarding the ship or the Lionhearts. The few marines there were focused on taking the pirates into custody, but did not appear as the mayor had.
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 23 posts
Thu 13 Aug 2020
at 21:15
  • msg #92

Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony looks up at their new ship in awe. They have a good sized ship, a navigator, and an afternoon to get as much Blue between themselves and this wretched village as they could. However before they got on their way Tony needed to do something and his head started twitching left to right and back as he searched along the doc looking for a shop that would sell cloth.
Will of D.
GM, 78 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Sat 15 Aug 2020
at 01:02
  • msg #93

Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony found a suitable piece of cloth, and in short order the Lionheart pirates set sail. They started for the general direction of Loguetown, their new navigator leading the ship in the right direction, directing the others to work the rigging, and taking the helm.

In their downtime, they got the cannon back on deck, put some scrap wood over the hole near the helm, and tried stitching themselves a Jolly Roger! It would need some work, the first attempt looking like a child’s embroidery hoop. But it resembled something like a lion’s skull, complete with a jagged mane, and crossbones behind it. Perhaps a seamstress would be able to help with the work, but the design was a start.

Several days later, something appeared on the horizon. At first, they thought it might be a small fleet of ships, but they soon realized that it was the wreckage of one ship. Or less than a ship. Scattered driftwood and a couple rowboats were manned by a group of frightened and exasperated sailors. They looked to have been a day without food and water, clothes long since sodden through, exhausted and beaten down by the scorching sun.

As they came closer, the Lionhearts could see that the men were Marines! They had no weapons, having apparently abandoned ship with nothing but a standard issue uniform, the hats apparently lost in the chaos.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 30 posts
Sat 15 Aug 2020
at 01:33
  • msg #94

Chapter 1: East Blue

Leon is in an exceedingly good mood. He has a new ship, a navigator who can freaking teleport, and, thanks to his brother's quick thinking and amateur needlework, there is a Jolly Roger snapping in the wind. Could anything make this day any better!?

His wide grin widened further still at the sight of shipwrecked Marines. Awesome!

"Ahoy there!" Leon shouts as he runs up and perches on the rail of the ship, "I don't suppose you'd object to a rescue?"
Will of D.
GM, 79 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Sat 15 Aug 2020
at 01:53
  • msg #95

Chapter 1: East Blue

"Save us!" one of them cried out.

Another said, "The sea devil chases us!"

"It’s haunted!"

Other borderline insane ramblings came, choked off by the splashing waves. They reached their hands up, as if to be pulled from the fiery pit itself.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 31 posts
Sat 15 Aug 2020
at 03:58
  • msg #96

Chapter 1: East Blue

Sea Devil!? Haunted!? Awesome!

Leon tosses a line and hauls the sailors aboard the ship as they continue to cry out in terror. Once every marine and sailor is on board he paces in front of them examining their gaunt shivering forms, "One at a time. Tell me what happened."
This message was last edited by the player at 04:04, Sat 15 Aug 2020.
Will of D.
GM, 80 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Sat 15 Aug 2020
at 15:39
  • msg #97

Chapter 1: East Blue

The Marines each climbed aboard, totally oblivious to the Jolly Roger.

"The Navy Ship Graveyard," one finally got out, his lips cracked and dried from the sun and lack of water. "We thought it was just rumor and superstition. Supposedly, many ships come into harbor, but Navy Ships never make it out. The captain, he said it was just pirate propaganda to keep us away."

It was all coming out like he was desperate for someone to know the truth of what transpired, like he feared that the sea would swallow them whole, and take the take with them.

"When we pulled the ship out of the port, everything seemed fine. By the time we came to the ring of dead ships—which captain also said were forgeries to scare us—the ship began taking on water very rapidly, and it seemed that before we could even discover what had gone wrong, the entire ship began to collapse in on itself. It was like the Sea Devil himself had marked us for death and ripped the soul right out of the ship, leaving it to crumble with us all inside."

The rest repeated similar accounts, but they became more and more fanciful as the crew became more and more unhinged. The Sea Devil marked the ship with a huge black spot, one said, on the bottom of the hull—how anyone could see it there he had no answer for. Another said  a Sea King bit a hole in the bottom of the ship, and another repeated the claim, but they couldn’t agree on what it looked like—for one it was like a shark’s maw as wide as the ship was long, and for the other it was endless tentacles dragging them into the deep, others still denied the theory completely.
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 24 posts
Sat 15 Aug 2020
at 16:20
  • msg #98

Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony runs to the Galley and starts making some warm mulled wine for the Marines and goes to chopping some cheese and prepping crackers to help get some food into them, pairing the wine with the cheeses without pausing to think.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 32 posts
Tue 18 Aug 2020
at 03:29
  • msg #99

Chapter 1: East Blue

Leon listens quietly to the Marines, nodding and encouraging them to tell their tales while Tony feeds them and gives them something to drink. The Navy men finish telling their story and eating around the same time and Leon has heard enough; there is an adventure to be had and it is going to be epic!

"That sounds amazing!" Leon says standing up and straightening his sword belt. With a huge grin he shouts, "Navigator! Set a course for the Navy Graveyard! I want us moving there at our best speed!"
This message had punctuation tweaked by the player at 00:01, Wed 19 Aug 2020.
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 13 posts
Tue 18 Aug 2020
at 20:51
  • msg #100

Chapter 1: East Blue

"Good thing this ain't a navy ship!" Thane yelled down from the crow's nest, moving to prepare the ship to enter the Navy Graveyard, "And we can't be mistaken for one now that we are flying a jolly roger."


I rolled a 14 for Navigation 17 - Success
This message had punctuation tweaked by the player at 14:58, Wed 19 Aug 2020.
Will of D.
GM, 81 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Tue 18 Aug 2020
at 23:45
  • msg #101

Chapter 1: East Blue

The sodden soldiers had but a brief respite thanks to Tony’s handiwork. As soon as the captain perked up about heading back from whence they fled, they froze for a heartbeat, eyes widening in abject horror.

"YOU ARE A MADMAN!"

"WHAT, DO YOU SEEK DEATH?!"

"YOU WOULD DOOM US ALL!"


Every single marine leapt to his feet with newfound vigor, sprinting to the side of the ship and diving overboard, swimming away from the ship with as much haste as they could muster.



Thane pulled out a few maps, and located the island the marines must have been talking about. It was actually called Maidenport, originally a shipyard that grew into a port town in its own right. With a few glances at the horizon, his sundial, and the map, the navigator ran the calculations and corrected their course to the new heading.

Location: Maidenport, East Blue

By nightfall, something appeared on the horizon. As they drew closer, it appeared to be a group of ships, but on closer inspection it was a group of wrecked ships, dozens of them—no, hundreds! All bearing the Navy and World Government logos on collapsed sails and remnants of flags, the ships were arrayed almost like a giant band of rubble.

It didn’t require too much maneuvering to get through—the wrecked ships were spread out enough to not cause trouble. Another few miles, and they found Maidenport bustling like crazy. What had once been a heavily taxed, heavily abused port town had become a pirate and smuggler haven! Black flags flew on most ships, and trade and booze flowed freely.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 33 posts
Wed 19 Aug 2020
at 16:01
  • msg #102

Chapter 1: East Blue

"Oh come on! Where are you going?" Leon laughs heartily as the Navy men dive overboard, "Well this should be interesting! Let's go find out who is targeting the Navy because they sound like someone I want to meet!"



As they sail into Maidenport Leon is awed at the sheer number of wrecked Navy ships. A powerful pirate crew? Maybe someone has found a way to control a Sea King? Regardless of how they are doing it the feat is beyond impressive and the resulting affect on Maidenport is something to behold.

"I have a great feeling about this men! Let's go get a drink and enjoy the scenery! We can find out about the graveyard while we're there!"
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 25 posts
Wed 19 Aug 2020
at 19:00
  • msg #103

Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony smiles and readies himself for a trip onto the shire.
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 14 posts
Wed 19 Aug 2020
at 21:32
  • msg #104

Chapter 1: East Blue

"So without the navy around, I wonder who is in charge around here. They might know something about that graveyard," Thane said to Leon as they docked their boat. "I'm going to go ask around, and catch up with you and Tony later."

Thane leaves the docked boat behind and approaches the first person he comes across, "It must be nice not having the navy's nose in everything around here. You happen to know where the best place for a drink is around here?"
Will of D.
GM, 82 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Thu 20 Aug 2020
at 23:45
  • msg #105

Chapter 1: East Blue

The nearest Thane found was a dock hand. He simply nodded at the mention of no Navy, then laughed out loud at the question of places to drink.

"Have your pick, pirate, there’s a few dozen places that specialize in just booze, and they’re all the best you’ll find for a hundred leagues!" he patted Thane on the shoulder hard, chuckling and continuing his work.

Nearest the docks were various merchants, most probably smugglers, showing their wares openly. Pirates gawked, some trying to snatch a “souvenir,” and some even getting away with it, but most had hands slapped absently by guards.

"Mind your hands!" one man barked at a very drunk pirate standing in the middle of twenty onlookers trying to fit a porcelain vase the size of his leg into his coat pocket. The man nearly dropped the thing. "You break it, you buy it!" the seller said. The man carefully set it back down despite barely keeping his feet.

Further in town, the buildings became more dense, seeming smashed up next to and on top of each other. Bright lights and loud songs came from nearly every building in sight. A huge storefront window shattered, a man tumbling to the ground laughing as though being thrown through a window were some great joke. The men inside cheered, clanked mugs of ale, and continued partying. A brawl had broken out right next door, out front a jeweler’s shop, the men seeming in a blood haze, albeit only fighting with fists. No one seemed to mind, or even look twice.

Some folk were lounging on a rooftop a bit further down, apparently having long since had their fill of booze. Half were passed out, the other half nursing the rest of the drink they shouldn’t have even started. One puked his guts out, the filth sloshing down the side of the building, the man almost falling off the roof himself. One did fall off, rolling over in his stupor. He hit the ground with a loud thwack, a few people throwing dice on some barrels below winced, took a few steps to the side as they peered up, and went about their game, gold coins clinking as they dragged the barrel over for another toss.
Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 1 post
how do i use this this bi
graphy is so short its di
Fri 21 Aug 2020
at 02:43
  • msg #106

Chapter 1: East Blue

Somewhere, out of the shadows, an unusually large hand produces a bottle from inside his coat and uncorks it in a swift practiced motion. Brandy Pours our and Swirls in a glass as the figure lifts it in his pensive gaze. Although large, the shadows hide him well. He awaits any news from locals that he would act upon, only few know what hovels he haunts...
He sips his drink.
“I’ve had better...”,  He mutters to himself, a smile only touching the corners of his stone lips
This message was last edited by the player at 23:18, Fri 21 Aug 2020.
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 15 posts
Fri 21 Aug 2020
at 17:09
  • msg #107

Chapter 1: East Blue

"Well then, I'll just have to pick a place myself," Thane said under his breath as he walked away from the dock hand. Walking a ways into the town, he finally settles on a place to have a drink... and hopefully find out some information on the island. "This one seems busy enough." Thane enters the establishment, slipping in right behind another patron who had just entered.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 34 posts
Mon 24 Aug 2020
at 04:33
  • msg #108

Chapter 1: East Blue

Leon walks directly to the tavern with the fight going on and leaps over the thrown man through the shattered window. With a huge grin he says, "I love this place! No Navy, no worries!"

"The Navy rats we picked up on the way in fled without much explaining. So, I'm buying drinks for anyone who can explain the Navy Graveyard out past the island!" Leon says putting one leg up on the remains of a chair, "And don't waste my time! We just wiped the out the Demonslayer Pirates at Hundred Palms Island before coming here; if you don't believe me, check the dock. It was their ship, but it's the Lionheart Jolly Roger flying now!"
This message was last edited by the player at 04:39, Mon 24 Aug 2020.
Will of D.
GM, 84 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Wed 26 Aug 2020
at 02:35
  • msg #109

Chapter 1: East Blue

"Wiped out the Demonslayer Pirates?" one man said before bursting into laughter. "The Demonslayers have at least a dozen ships beneath their banner. You have all of them at the dock?" He didn’t wait for an answer, just chuckled and went back to his drink.

A brawl was brewing in the corner, glass being shattered, a table tossed over. No one seemed to notice.

Someone finally plopped himself down next to Leon, and ordered a drink on the Mink. He proceeded to tell the tale of the Navy Ship Graveyard, how several years back it wasn’t even a tenth of the size it is now. Maidenport was heavily policed by Navy up to that point. Then Navy Ships started sinking before they could make it out to sea. Little by little, more and more Navy ships wrecked not a mile out of the harbor. No one knew why, but Navy would periodically stop by and question the alleged superstition before suffering the same fate upon leaping the island.

The man didn’t bother to introduce himself, but he gave a knowing smile, as if there was more to the story that require more coaxing than a drink. He ducked a flying bottle, which shattered into the wall a few paces away.



Thane found himself in another tavern, one less full of brawls. He couldn’t seem to figure out who was in charge of Maidenport, but if anyone was in a position of authority, it was a position that was so little respected than no one seemed to have the slightest clue what he was talking about. Apparently, the locals had some sort of organized government at one point, and it might still be in place, but the town was more than 9 in 10 pirates and smugglers, tradesmen and travelers, and they didn’t seem to follow any rules at all.

The businesses didn’t seem to mind the violence or destruction of property. Free of taxes and Navy control, the free enterprise thrived well enough that fixing a table or replacing bottles was a drop in the bucket. Or at least it was the cost of doing business. None of the bars even had body guards except for an armed man or two at the counter near the barkeep and cash drawer.



Tony found more than ample supplies for the ship. Almost anything he could think of was available, sometimes in bulk, and always at a reasonably low price, though he had to ask a couple merchants before he heard a half decent price. It seemed everyone tried to pull a fast one on the newcomers, especially a drunk one.

"Someone to fix the boat, eh?" said one man. "Well, there’s definitely a great carpenter in town. Actually, he fixed all sorts of things, but mostly busted tables and chairs, wall patches, etc. He doesn’t come out much at night, but he’s local, and you can’t miss him if you see him! Almost ten feet tall, I think, and looks like a statue. Can’t say where he is, though. He only comes round to fix things when everyone is sleeping off their hangovers. He’s got a be around here somewhere, though. Sorry I can’t help more. I don’t even know his name!"



Someone came to Ben, one of the locals. Not only did Ben know Mr. Richards well, Larry was one of the few who knew what he truly did around here.

"Ben, umm, sorry to disturb you, but there’s some news," he said, wringing his short billed hat in nervous hands. "Not another Navy ship, you see, but there has been another wreck. Ship went down about halfway out to the ring of wreckage in the harbor, but it went down sure enough. Pirates seem to think it was the same as what did the Navy, and they’re asking around town.... You know we usually keep well enough quiet about it, but I can’t say for sure no one will talk. No one would say a thing to marines, but these pirates... they’re some of Redbeard’s underlings. They will pry until someone talks. I don’t know what to do, lad."
Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 2 posts
how do i use this this bi
graphy is so short its di
Wed 26 Aug 2020
at 13:05
  • msg #110

Chapter 1: East Blue

Ben stares pensively at his cognac as it swirls in the glass.“Redbeard, you say? I may have to deal with this myself. Mr Richards, if you could, I would like to ask you to gather as much information on how this ship sank as possible. It will be at your the usual rate.”  He furrows what seems to be a rocky brow. “If i were to take the blame for this ship sinking, avoiding these pirates would only post pone the inevitable. Unless you have a better plan?”  As he says this, he downs what’s left of his his drink and swiftly grabs his cloak.
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 16 posts
Wed 26 Aug 2020
at 17:56
  • msg #111

Chapter 1: East Blue

"Man, I don't understand how this place holds together. I'm hitting a dead end here though," Thane says to himself, after his last fruitless conversation attempt. Thane decides to leave and join up with Tony and/or Leon, to see if they have found anything. Thane exits behind another patron who was leaving, and starts heading back in the direction of the docks.
This message had punctuation tweaked by the player at 17:56, Wed 26 Aug 2020.
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 26 posts
Wed 26 Aug 2020
at 21:07
  • msg #112

Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony thanked the man for his information and hefted the stuff back to the ship to stow it properly so he wouldnt have to lug it around the town. After he was done with that he searched out the rowdiest bar, knowing that's where he would find his brother. He kept an eye out for a walking statue along the way.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 35 posts
Fri 28 Aug 2020
at 18:08
  • msg #113

Chapter 1: East Blue

"A dozen ships!? Then I have eleven more to do yet!" Leon roars back to the other drunks.

He listens intently to the newcomer as he drinks and tells the tale of the Navy Graveyard beyond the island. He catches a thrown bottle and seeing it empty hurls it back in the direction it came from. Here returns the grin to the newcomer, "You seem like you know more than you're saying. Why does it only target the Navy instead of regular ships?"

"Are you from Maidenport? You don't look like it..." He thinks a moment, "Oh, you are a survivor then? What did you see?"

Talker! success by 6.
Will of D.
GM, 86 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Sat 29 Aug 2020
at 01:56
  • msg #114

Chapter 1: East Blue

Leon’s friend leaned in to speak softly. "It’s not what I saw. It’s who I know. I’m connected. Know how to get information. Not many even care why, and few know the truth. But, for a price, I can introduce you to one who not only knows but would be willing to tell you." His smile glimmered with the few silver teeth he had acquired.

Just then, Tony came stumbling through the doorway, meeting eyes with Leon from across the room.

Thane can easily find them as well, on his way back toward the docks, if he wants.



"I’m afraid I have no more information. It just happened," said Larry. "If it became widely known that you were the one sinking the Navy, the pirates would certainly assume you were responsible for their ship sinking. There would be nothing to stop them from coming after you. I’m not really sure what to do, Ben. It’s only a matter of time before someone talks. Usually no one cares to ask more than in passing, and no one cares to talk about it. They’re happy to know that something is keeping the Navy away, and not knowing what it is doesn’t really bother most people. But these are the sort with powerful allies, more than willing to hurt people to get what they want, and unwilling to ignore an insult of such magnitude as sinking their ship.... especially now that they don’t have a way to get off the island."

You’re between a rock and a hard place. ^_~ There really isn’t a good option as far as things to do, so don’t feel bad if you can’t come up with anything. It’s supposed to be a very difficult situation!
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 27 posts
Sun 30 Aug 2020
at 01:02
  • msg #115

Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony walks in a slight zigzag to his brother and stands very close to Leon, nodding to the other gentleman as he gets there.
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 17 posts
Tue 1 Sep 2020
at 00:07
  • msg #116

Chapter 1: East Blue

In a nearby alley, Thane leans against a building as he watches Tony enter the tavern where Leon was. Content to be in the shadows, as well as keep an eye on his companions from a distance, Thane surveys the area around the docks in case anyone or anything stood out.


I rolled a 12 for my perception roll, if I did that right... It would be a success.
Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 3 posts
how do i use this this bi
graphy is so short its di
Tue 1 Sep 2020
at 03:44
  • msg #117

Chapter 1: East Blue

“Alright Larry, I’m off to do my rounds and check for information at the pubs. If you hear of any jobs let me know when I return.” He throws a massive cloak over himself to hide his features, although he is
still shaped like a massive man.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 36 posts
Wed 2 Sep 2020
at 02:02
  • msg #118

Chapter 1: East Blue

"Awesome! Let's go meet your friend!" Leon says standing up so suddenly that he jostles the bar and makes the informant spill beer on himself. He links arms with the man and starts walking to the door, just noticing his brother, "Oh hey Tony! This guy is gonna help us make more friends!"
Will of D.
GM, 88 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Wed 2 Sep 2020
at 02:48
  • msg #119

Chapter 1: East Blue

The man tried in vain to get a word in edgewise, Leon talking right over him, dragging him along, ignoring his complaints. Finally, when he introduced Tony, the man got a full sentence in:

"I said FOR A PRICE, you hairy buffoon!" he barked.

People standing nearby ignored the man’s shouting. Others glanced their direction, but said nothing. A few actually laughed out loud at the man being dragged by an arm like he was a bratty child.

"UNHAND ME, MINK!" he said. Not a soul came to his aid.

Thane saw the ordeal, but there wasn’t much else interesting to note, at least not until Leon started toward the door. As if in response to Leon, a handful of pirates came out of an alley right next to the tavern that Leon had just exited. They ignored the Minks and the man, pushing past with blood stained clothes. Scanning the crowd of people bustling through the street, their eyes fell on a very large cloaked figure, who seems to be strolling the street mechanically, as if on a routine walk through the chaos.

Whoever the man was, he was about nine feet tall, broad shouldered, and bulky all around. The cloak covered even his face, obscuring everything but his stature and gait. One of the bloody pirates pointed across the throng, right at the large man. "THAT MUST BE HIM!" said one, starting to push his way through the crowd. The others followed.

The man in Leon’s grasp went wide-eyed. "It is him. How do they know?"

His eyes went to the alleyway, where a pile of bodies were stacked in a corner, blood pooling almost large enough to make it to the light of the street.

"Oh no... this... this is very bad."
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 18 posts
Wed 2 Sep 2020
at 21:23
  • msg #120

Chapter 1: East Blue

Thane sees the pirates pushing through the crowd, becoming curious as to who or what they were all moving towards (this mysterious large bulk of a man). Wanting to get a better view, Thane backs further into the alley he was in, making sure no one was paying attention to him. From the shadows, Thane warps to the roof of one of the nearby buildings to gain a better vantage point.

I rolled a 12 for my warp 16, success.
Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 4 posts
how do i use this this bi
graphy is so short its di
Thu 3 Sep 2020
at 01:25
  • msg #121

Chapter 1: East Blue

Ben lifts up his mighty foot and stomps on the ground, making a loud BANG! As the innocent bystanders run away in fear, Ben tightens his grip on Mastedon under his cloak and readys for a might blow. Although hidden by the cloak, his eyes almost seem to burn through the shadow with an angry glisten.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 37 posts
Thu 3 Sep 2020
at 01:41
  • msg #122

Chapter 1: East Blue

"Ooooo! Thanks!" Leon says letting go of the man, who suddenly lurches away and falls face first to the floor with the abrupt release. On his way running out the door he grabs his brother instead, "Tony! Let's go see!"
This message was last edited by the player at 01:43, Thu 03 Sept 2020.
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 28 posts
Thu 3 Sep 2020
at 04:54
  • msg #123

Chapter 1: East Blue

"Tony, Let's go see!" Leon said, but Tony didn't hear. Tony had been helping his brother hold the guy up, dragging him along then SNAP! his attention was sucked to a tiny man suddenly screaming, "That must be him!" Tony's pupils suddenly spread to fill his entire eyes becoming inky black orbs of The Void, and they were locked on the tiny shouting man. Tony's paws let go of the man in the same instant his legs launched him at the yeller.

I fail my compulsive pounce save (16) and pounce(9). 5 damage.
This message was last edited by the player at 12:53, Thu 03 Sept 2020.
Will of D.
GM, 90 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Fri 4 Sep 2020
at 00:10
  • msg #124

Chapter 1: East Blue

The short, stout pirate that was yelling to move in on the Ben flinched as a rumble scattered the crowd in a 5 yard swath around the cloaked man.

"Good! More room to—" he was cut off by Tony’s silent pounce from behind, which toppled the man to the ground. "Fuzakenna, konoyarou!"

His fellow pirates ignored his curses and charged full speed at Ben!

Combat begins!

Ben has four pirates running towards him, still 7 yards away.

Leon and Tony are another 3 yards back, where Tony pounced the short pirate to the ground. Movement towards Ben counts as bad footing due to the crowd, until you’re within 5 yd of Ben. Bad footing basically means half move (costs 2 movement points per hex, if you’re thinking of a battle map in your head).

Thane is somewhere between the pirates and Ben, but to the side and on the roof. Distance is 20 yards from you to either Ben or the Pirates. No bad footing from there, and ranged attacks get a +2 to hit due to elevation.

Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 19 posts
Fri 4 Sep 2020
at 23:44
  • msg #125

Chapter 1: East Blue

Seeing Tony pounce onto the short, stout pirate, Thane springs into action himself. Using his elevated position from the rooftop, Thane decides to draw four throwing knives into each hand. Quickly taking aim, Thane sends 2 knives at each of the four pirates charging towards the hulking figure, "Fangs of the Wolf Pack: Howling Barrage!"

I rolled an 8 for my body sense roll, and a 5 for my warp recovery = successes.
Then rolled a 9 for my Fast-Draw 14 to draw 4 throwing knives per hand = success.
Then rolled 8,4,12,8,7,11,6,14 for my Throwing Knife 10 = 5 successes, 3 fails
Then rolled for sneak attack damage: 15,19,17,20,22

This message was last edited by the player at 03:38, Sat 05 Sept 2020.
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 29 posts
Sat 5 Sep 2020
at 03:36
  • msg #126

Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony shoulder rolls out of the pounce off of the Napolianic pirate, spin a 180 and land on his hands and feet, ready and prepped to spring again.

14 for an acrobatics roll.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 38 posts
Tue 8 Sep 2020
at 02:23
  • msg #127

Chapter 1: East Blue

"Excuse me sir!" Leon says and springs over the crowd landing amongst the pursuers. His bokken strikes out at each of the pirates in turn delivering devastating blows to each, "Do you have a moment to talk?"

Flying Leap fail by 1; spend WCP.
Fast Draw Critical Success.
Quadrupole rapid strike three success and one fail; spend WCP for success.
28,27,26,21 crushing damage.


HP: 20/20     FP: 11/12     WCP: 8/10
Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 5 posts
how do i use this this bi
graphy is so short its di
Tue 8 Sep 2020
at 23:40
  • msg #128

Chapter 1: East Blue

“It depends on what you seek sir pirate, Although it seems my fate has finally caught up to me, as has my bounty.” He drops his guard for the moment and seems to relax a bit, almost somberly “I seek the right to Parlé, might I inquire about your captain?”
Will of D.
GM, 92 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Tue 8 Sep 2020
at 23:44
  • msg #129

Chapter 1: East Blue


Leon leapt into action landing in the midst of the pirates and pelting them all with his bokken before they knew what hit them. Thane helped by putting a knife in each, and the four collapsed in a bloody heap.

Some in the crowd glanced at them, but most ignored the incident completely. The crowd still parted before Leon, allowing Ben to approach without having to push his way past bystanders.

Tony’s midget remained on the ground, and raised his hands in defense, but stared daggers at the Mink, furious for being toppled in such an embarrassing fashion.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 39 posts
Wed 9 Sep 2020
at 00:00
  • msg #130

Chapter 1: East Blue

"I have no captain for indeed I am the captain. Leon D. Hart of the Lionheart Pirates." Leon says sheathing his bokken and giving a small bow, "Thane, keep a lookout! Tony, bring the midget over here if you please."

"We can certainly parlé, I believe we've provided plenty of evidence of our good will. Leon looks at the unconscious pirates, "Perhaps more good will then I intended... No matter, there is one for us to speak with."

"You have something to do with the Navy Graveyard then?" Leon asks, "Who are you?"
Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 6 posts
how do i use this this bi
graphy is so short its di
Wed 9 Sep 2020
at 00:34
  • msg #131

Chapter 1: East Blue

Ben bows politely and says “I am Ebenezer Livingstone, although most call me “Ben”.  I am afraid there has been a mixup. Whatever bounty has been offered for my capture I can offer to double it, with some time...”


Perception check fail by 1
This message was last edited by the player at 01:30, Wed 09 Sept 2020.
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 30 posts
Wed 9 Sep 2020
at 01:16
  • msg #132

Chapter 1: East Blue

At his brother's voice, Tony's pupils fade to normal and he smiles at the short angry man glowering at him amd offers his hand. "Sorry about that, let me help you up. Sounds like my brother has a question or two for you." Tony keeps his smile but makes his tone a little more serious, "and please come peacefully. If you run, I couldnt let you get very far, even if I wanted to."

Perception check fail by 2.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 40 posts
Wed 9 Sep 2020
at 01:26
  • msg #133

Chapter 1: East Blue

"What?" Leon says, "No no forget about that. We don't care about money, I want to know if you're involved with sinking the Navy ships."

"Wait, what is your bounty? No, nevermind that." Leon says, "I wanna know how you're doing it!"
Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 7 posts
how do i use this this bi
graphy is so short its di
Wed 9 Sep 2020
at 01:43
  • msg #134

Chapter 1: East Blue

Ben seems taking aback, and he replies “Yes, I was the one who sank most of those ships. I would primarily target the navy, as it were, to keep the port free. But as of late I have been slandered, and taken the fall for an imposter who has sunk a few pirates of reputation, and it seems I am between..” A faint smirk appears from under his hood “ A rock and a hard place.”
Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 8 posts
how do i use this this bi
graphy is so short its di
Wed 9 Sep 2020
at 01:46
  • msg #135

Chapter 1: East Blue

Ben then slowly removes his hood, and reveals a craggy stoney  face.
“ I see you have not leveraged my mistake against me. Be it so, I shall reward you with the truth”
Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 9 posts
how do i use this this bi
graphy is so short its di
Wed 9 Sep 2020
at 01:58
  • msg #136

Chapter 1: East Blue

“It seems I cannot hide any longer, and it would be fruitless to do so. But as of how, I would gladly tell you if we can find a safer place than out here, maybe check on my comrades. It seems these pirates are hitting too close to home”
This message was last edited by the player at 02:07, Wed 09 Sept 2020.
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 20 posts
Wed 9 Sep 2020
at 03:28
  • msg #137

Chapter 1: East Blue

From atop a nearby roof, Thane hears Leon's orders and surveys the surrounding area for anything of note. While doing so, he draws a couple throwing knives into each hand to prepare for any surprises this lawless town might throw their way.

Perception 12 - Success by 0.
Fast-Draw 16 (17-1 for two hands) - Success (rolled 12 and 14)

Will of D.
GM, 93 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Wed 9 Sep 2020
at 04:18
  • msg #138

Chapter 1: East Blue

As the conversation went on, Thane noticed an onlooker from another nearby building, though not on the roof. A beautiful woman stood at the balcony of a second story window. At first it seemed that she was simply lounging, but as the discussion furthered below, she gave the impression that she was trying to eavesdrop. It must have been just the impression, though. Thane could barely hear a word or two of the conversation over the hustle and bustle of the busy street.

The woman’s eyes wandered as she appeared to listen in. In a flash, she locked eyes with Thane, then shot a glance back at the discussion below, and back to Thane. He could read the word of a curse plainly on her lips before she darted out of sight into the building. Even in her haste, she didn’t make a sound as she slammed the window shut and sprinted through the door.

Below, Tony just finished dragging the poor midget to join the others. The short pirate looked furious and reluctant at the same time.

"What do you want!"
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 21 posts
Wed 9 Sep 2020
at 18:02
  • msg #139

Chapter 1: East Blue

"Leon and Tony can handle things on their own for a while," Thane says to himself, rationalizing his decision to find out more about the woman's reaction to making eye contact with him. Thane warps over to the balcony where she was previously, peering through the window into the building she is in.

Warp 14 - Success (rolled a 12)
I rolled a 7 for Perception 12 - success
I'm trying to look inside the window of the building to try and figure out something of what is going on inside

This message was last edited by the player at 13:16, Thu 10 Sept 2020.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 41 posts
Fri 11 Sep 2020
at 02:41
  • msg #140

Chapter 1: East Blue

"Sounds like a plan." Leon says to the rock man then he turns to the midget and glares at him, "Whose blood did you spill in the alleyway?"
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 31 posts
Fri 11 Sep 2020
at 20:48
  • msg #141

Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony holds the man steady, making sure he has no chance of escape.
Will of D.
GM, 94 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Fri 11 Sep 2020
at 22:42
  • msg #142

Chapter 1: East Blue

Thane made it to the balcony. The window was latched from the inside. The room beyond was a lightly furnished sitting room, a few tables and chairs, but little else. The door was on the side of the room, making it hard to tell from here which direction the woman may have gone.




"Like I’d tell you, you big hairy freak!" the short man said, spittle spraying a cone in front of him.

He struggled helplessly against Tony’s grip, but his face was a mask of determination and spite.
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 32 posts
Fri 11 Sep 2020
at 23:25
  • msg #143

Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony sees the spit fly from the midget's mouth and land on Leon. A sudden low growl emanates from his chest, visibly vibrating the short man, causing his eyes to grow twice as large as normal. Tony quicklyslides one hand around and passed the mans neck, putting him in a tight headlock and forcing him to face upward. He then brings his other paw, flexing and clenching as it moves toward the mans mouth, slowing begining to reflect a fine sheen along the pad. As he reaches the mouth of the man, who is mumbling and begging to be left alone, Tony forces two fingers in his mouth, prys it open and drips drops of a slightly milky liquid into the midget's mouth and down his gullet.

8 on DeX check w/FIST
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 22 posts
Sat 12 Sep 2020
at 02:00
  • msg #144

Chapter 1: East Blue

Not having much luck figuring anything out from the balcony of the building, Thane warps down to a nearby alley, then circles the building to find the entrance. Upon finding the front door, Thane knocks and awaits an answer.

I rolled successes for both my body sense rolls (10 and 8 respectively) and for my warp (12).
Will of D.
GM, 95 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Sat 12 Sep 2020
at 02:06
  • msg #145

Chapter 1: East Blue

Thane finds that the establishment is an inn of some sort, more like a hostel really. The front door is open, and a handful of patrons sat in the common room at a large table. No one spoke, and only one turned a head to acknowledge his arrival. There were stairs beyond the table, and the kitchen to the left. Another door was on the right, but that one was closed.



After a moment of letting the alcohol do its work, the man’s eyes were red and his cheeks flushed. His determination remained, but he was clearly feeling some effects.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 42 posts
Sat 12 Sep 2020
at 02:18
  • msg #146

Chapter 1: East Blue

Leon takes a knee and leans down to be eye level with the diminutive pirate, "You have seen what I can do with a bokken. Imagine what I can do with my katana if you don't answer my questions. Who did you hurt and why?"

Intimidate success by 2
Will of D.
GM, 96 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Sat 12 Sep 2020
at 02:30
  • msg #147

Chapter 1: East Blue

"Random people from town who knew about the rock man and what he can do," he said, his eyes going wide at noticing his inability to keep in the truth. "We questioned them and then left them to bleed in the alley. He sunk our ship, and we mean to destroy him and everything he holds dear. Everything."

He frowned and looked around, as if the words had come from someone else.
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 23 posts
Sat 12 Sep 2020
at 02:41
  • msg #148

Chapter 1: East Blue

Thane enters through the open door and approaches the patrons in the common room. "Hello. Do any of you would know of whom I would inquire about staying the night in this establishment," Thane asks the group of patrons.
Will of D.
GM, 97 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Sat 12 Sep 2020
at 02:47
  • msg #149

Chapter 1: East Blue

They all looked at Thane now, eyebrows raised. One pointed absently toward the kitchen and took a sip of ale.

As Thane moved toward the kitchen, the woman he had seen came casually down the stairs. She froze, paling and opening her eyes wide at the sight of him. She spun on the step and darted back up the stairs, again without making a sound.
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 24 posts
Sat 12 Sep 2020
at 03:03
  • msg #150

Chapter 1: East Blue

"You know what, I think I'll just check for an open bed myself," Thane said to the patrons as he rushed up the stairs after the woman. Calling after her, he yells, "I mean no harm to you, miss. I just want to talk!"
Will of D.
GM, 98 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Sat 12 Sep 2020
at 03:13
  • msg #151

Chapter 1: East Blue

She pointedly ignored Thane’s protests, shooting a glare at him over her shoulder. Once she reached the top of this stairway, she rounded on him and held up both hands toward him. The air rippled, extending toward him in a cone.

You can Blink (the Warp Dodge), but there’s no way to evade normally, because you’re basically in a tunnel with nowhere to get cover, and the effect is a cone area covering the stairs all the way down.

I’ll tell you what happens if you fail. :D

Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 25 posts
Sat 12 Sep 2020
at 03:47
  • msg #152

Chapter 1: East Blue

"It's not very polite to attack someone who just wants to talk," Thane said, appearing behind the woman after warping to dodge her attack. "What have I done to prompt such disdain?"

I rolled a 9 for my warp dodge and my body sense roll, both successes (changed direction).
Will of D.
GM, 99 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Sat 12 Sep 2020
at 04:05
  • msg #153

Chapter 1: East Blue

The woman shrieked, the first sound Thane had heard from her. She spun around again, her movements making the normal amount of noise, unlike before. This close to her, he saw a skull and crossbones patch woven onto the right side of her blouse, the unsmiling skull framed by a bushy, red beard and mustache, the emblem of the Redbeard Pirates.

"Nice try," she said.

The air warped around her mouth as she spoke, an emanation of vibration surging through the area in a low rumble.

Same as last time, except the only safe space to Blink is back down the stairs.
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 26 posts
Sat 12 Sep 2020
at 04:24
  • msg #154

Chapter 1: East Blue

Warping back down the stairs, Thane turns to face the woman again, "Ah, were those pirates outside your comrades? That would make sense as to why you might show hostility towards me; however, I still would like to peaceably talk, as I have no idea what is going on. My companions aren't the strongest communicators out there to be honest. Otherwise, we could just continue this stalemate, but that's up to you. I still have no intention of harming you."


I rolled an 11 for my warp - success, and a 14 for my body sense roll, and switch direction I'm facing - success.

Also, she doesn't know I attacked her comrades, right? Since she only noticed me after the encounter with them?

Will of D.
GM, 100 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Sat 12 Sep 2020
at 04:31
  • msg #155

Chapter 1: East Blue

Having forced Thane back downstairs, the woman smiled and dashed around the corner.

Correct. She only noticed that you saw her watching them.
Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 10 posts
how do i use this this bi
graphy is so short its di
Sat 12 Sep 2020
at 13:16
  • msg #156

Chapter 1: East Blue

Bens face darkens, and he turns toward the alleyway and makes his way over
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 43 posts
Sat 12 Sep 2020
at 15:20
  • msg #157

Chapter 1: East Blue

"Was that so hard?" Leon asks, "Anything else you'd like to add?"

Unless he volunteers more information Leon will club him over the head with his Bokken and follow Ben.
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 27 posts
Sat 12 Sep 2020
at 21:19
  • msg #158

Chapter 1: East Blue

Thane exhales deeply, then continues the chase after her, turning the corner himself, "Are you seriously enjoying this?"
Will of D.
GM, 101 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Sun 13 Sep 2020
at 04:20
  • msg #159

Chapter 1: East Blue

"Oh yes, I suppose the rock man probably wants to know that we know about his precious tree and have men heading that way as we speak."

His eyes widened further, and he looked up at Leon with terror on his face just before the bokken strike left him unconscious.

The alley was filled with injured but still breathing citizens, many of them near to death, bleeding badly. Ben recognized them as some of those who knew his secret, residents of the island.

They will need immediate medical attention to survive. I’ll take a First Aid roll to stop bleeding on them all, but that will only delay the inevitable.



As Thane turned the corner, the woman was gone. There was an open window on that side of the building, the draft causing the drapes to flutter.

Couple options: (1) Warp to the window instead of run, saving yourself a turn of running; or (2) Warp blindly out the window, since you’re only one story up, you may be able to take the fall without too much difficulty (a successful Acrobatics roll will cover it, which is included in Pirate!).
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 28 posts
Mon 14 Sep 2020
at 17:28
  • msg #160

Chapter 1: East Blue

Thane lets out a huge sigh before warping through the window after the woman. Once out the window, while still in the air, Thane surveys the area in search of where the woman may have gone.

I rolled success for my warp (10) and success for my acrobatics roll by 1 (also a 10)

I also rolled a 10 for perception - success. I seriously rolled 10 3 times in a row.

This message was last edited by the player at 17:35, Mon 14 Sept 2020.
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 33 posts
Mon 14 Sep 2020
at 17:43
  • msg #161

Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony tosses the unconscious man to the side of the road they are on, letting him slump hard against the wall of the coldest building. He then makes eye contact with his brother, nods, and heads after his new friend around the corner into the alley.

10 to the throw
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 44 posts
Mon 14 Sep 2020
at 17:57
  • msg #162

Chapter 1: East Blue

Leon kneels down to help the victims, but they are well beyond his ability to help them, he helps position them as comfortably as possible, "Tony, get 'em drunk and heal 'em up."

First Aid fail by 4.

He stands up wiping blood on his trousers and moves out of earshot, "I'm sorry about your friends... Um what's you name?"

"So, what's so special about this tree?"
This message was last edited by the player at 22:23, Mon 14 Sept 2020.
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 34 posts
Mon 14 Sep 2020
at 23:49
  • msg #163

Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony rounds the corner and sees everyone lying on the ground in different levels of distress. While Leon runs to check on some of them, Tony stumbles to the closest bar and grabs a bottle, opens it with his teeth, and positions 2 of his claws over the opening, "Nectar of the Gods!" he says as a clear liquid begins to drip into the bottle. He holds it there for a while then retracts the claws and stoppers the bottle and gives it a shake. He then goes from person to person and pours some of the liquid down the throats of all those bloodied in the streets.

IQ roll of 7, with -5 needed to roll a 5, but Sommelier gives +4 for a success of +2. Use 10 Sake points to make full heal, and 2 FP used.
2 SaP left, 10 FPs left

Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 11 posts
how do i use this this bi
graphy is so short its di
Mon 14 Sep 2020
at 23:56
  • msg #164

Chapter 1: East Blue

“My name is Ben. The tree is a rare species of spirit wood that grows on this island. I’ve been bartering under the pirates to protect it along with the original islanders. The pirates had no idea how much it was worth, but now it seems they do. The navy would have killed it, and ended it’s species, but The pirates were clueless, so I kept  the navy away. “
As he is saying this he helps Tony to tend to the wounded
“Now it seems the islanders have payed a steep price. They are my friends as well, but the pirates out number and out gun them. That’s why I offered to help”
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 45 posts
Tue 15 Sep 2020
at 02:44
  • msg #165

Chapter 1: East Blue

"I have no idea what any of that means but we can certainly help you defend your tree today!" Leon says resting his hands on his katana, "My brother's ability will have your friends good as new in no time, but they will be very drunk for a while after, so let's go save the trees!"
Will of D.
GM, 103 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Tue 15 Sep 2020
at 03:15
  • msg #166

Chapter 1: East Blue

Thane appeared outside the window, directly above the woman! She had just made it to the ground. He plummeted toward her, rolling as he hit the ground. He would have plowed her over in the roll, but instead he ran into an invisible wall of force, stoping him dead in his tracks. The wall of nothing he could see vibrated, distorting the air slightly, only perceptible once he was close enough to run into it. There was a high pitched whine that was also difficult to notice until his face was pressed against it. It did not harm him, but it stalled his movement for a second, then vanished, letting him fall forward with a step.

All that to say, you gained a little on her, and now you’re out in the open, albeit a back alley. She’s only 7 yards ahead of you, but running.



Tony was able to share a very potent brew with the dying townsfolk. He had to pull them into an tight circle and pour it down their throats, but within a minute they were all awake and drunk as skunks, bleeding stopped and wounds fully healed! They would need some help home, eventually, but they would be fine otherwise.
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 29 posts
Tue 15 Sep 2020
at 04:34
  • msg #167

Chapter 1: East Blue

Sick of the cat and mouse game, Thane decides he's going to end this before the woman can exit the alley. Clearing his mind, Thane warps right next to her. Reaching out his hand, Thane touches her on the shoulder and warps her nearby in the same dark alley, stunning the woman to keep her from continuing to run. Taking a deep breath, Thane says to the woman, "Now, can we finally have a nice, calm conversation?" Using the throwing knives still in his hands, Thane pins the woman to the side of the building in the alley. Unsure if that was enough for this strange woman, and whatever power she possessed, Thane also finds some rope nearby in the alley, and binds her hands and feet. Thane then finds a box in the alley to sit on and turns to the woman, "So, now that you aren't able to run away, might I ask why you were running in the first place? Also, what business do you and your crew have with that bulking man? Who is he by the way? He was massive!"

I rolled success for my Empowered Warping 16 and Body Sense 17 (12 and 7 respectively). I rolled an 8 (success) for my DX roll to touch her to activate my Wrenching 15, which I rolled a 15 (success by 0). Spent 2 FP, so at 10/12 FP.
This message was last edited by the player at 16:24, Tue 15 Sept 2020.
Will of D.
GM, 105 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Tue 15 Sep 2020
at 23:33
  • msg #168

Chapter 1: East Blue

The woman didn’t even protest as Thane bound her limbs. She shook off the stunning rather quickly, but didn’t even move to try and escape.

"Yes," she said finally. "Running away does seem a fruitless endeavor."

She blinked when Thane mentioned her crew.

"You’re smarter than you look. I was trying to watch discretely, but you spotted me. What we want with him is revenge, plain and simple. He destroyed our ship, he has to pay. That’s how it works. We are part of the Redbeard Pirates, so we cannot allow our reputation to be tarnished without recompense."
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 30 posts
Wed 16 Sep 2020
at 02:17
  • msg #169

Chapter 1: East Blue

"So, he is the one behind this so called 'Navy Graveyard'..." Thane trailed off to himself, when he realized something wasn't quite adding up. Speaking to the woman again Thane asks, "Wait, but your ship wasn't a navy vessel was it? If not, why would he destroy it? I thought only Navy ships were destroyed around here. Did the Redbeard Pirates provoke this man in any way?"


Thane decided to ignore the insult to his appearance
This message was last edited by the player at 02:19, Wed 16 Sept 2020.
Will of D.
GM, 106 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Thu 17 Sep 2020
at 12:26
  • msg #170

Chapter 1: East Blue

"Dunno," she said, shrugging. "If that’s all, I’ll be going now."

She stood, holding her arms out. The ropes seemed to shake rapidly and violently until they fell apart and slid off her limbs.

"Do not interfere," she said, turning to walk away.

It was at this moment that Thane realized their entire conversation had taken place in absolute silence. The sound of the streets had faded to nothing. As she began to walk away, the sound suddenly returned.

Your call if you want to try and stop her or let her go for now.
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 31 posts
Thu 17 Sep 2020
at 16:24
  • msg #171

Chapter 1: East Blue

"Unfortunately, I don't think that's my call. Knowing Leon, we're probably waist deep in whatever is going on already," Thane calls after the woman, but decides to let her go for now. What was really troubling him was who this bulking man really was. Was he the type to just cause havoc? Was this attack against the Redbeard pirates even his doing? Things just weren't adding up, Thane thought as he picked up his throwing knives he had used to try and pin the woman. Thane decides he needs to talk directly with the man that Leon and Tony were talking with earlier. "Knowing those two, they're probably still with him... or they've taken care of him already. Let's see which of the two it is. Finding a couple of Minks prone to causing a ruckus shouldn't be too difficult" Thane said to himself, looking for the best vantage point nearby. Seeing a nearby roof that looked like it would be a good spot, Thane warps up and starts searching for Leon and Thane.



I rolled a 8 success for my warp, 10 success for body sense, and 8 success for Perception.

BTW, I'm playing this as Thane is still stuck a little in his vigilante ways, being a detective, etc. He wants to get to the bottom of the mystery of the navy graveyard and why a pirate ship was also sunk.

This message was last edited by the player at 17:23, Thu 17 Sept 2020.
Will of D.
GM, 107 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Fri 18 Sep 2020
at 00:28
  • msg #172

Chapter 1: East Blue

Thane found the others easily enough. They were already on their way with the large rock man toward the outskirts of town, furthest from the bay. The buildings became more sparse, and the streets less crowded until they arrived at a small woodworking shop, or at least that’s what it looked like. There was no sign, just some tools and materials, and some half finished projects lying about outside a large, sturdy shed next to some sort of dwelling. Off the the side, a gate stood open, the door barely hanging by one hinge. The gate lead around the back side of the dwelling, where some large, overgrown bushes made a natural wall to enclose some sort of grove.

Ben can describe the grove as you enter, if that’s what you’re doing—that’s where the tree is. But don’t go beyond walking in and seeing the grove with the tree at its heart. I have things to add beyond that. ^_^
Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 12 posts
how do i use this this bi
graphy is so short its di
Fri 18 Sep 2020
at 01:31
  • msg #173

Chapter 1: East Blue

As everyone assembles again, Ben leads them through the town towards the grove. He leads them through back alleys and winding passages, and the town seems get more and more forgetful of their presence. The buildings seem to turn away, and the windows become more absent, even back alley doors seem to disappear. The winding cobblestone becomes more sparse and gives way to grass and foliage, as does the sounds of life in town do as well. The buildings give way to a thick wall of trees and brush so thick it blocks out any and all light, making almost a dark hallway guarded by a thick canopy (part one of 2)
Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 13 posts
how do i use this this bi
graphy is so short its di
Sat 19 Sep 2020
at 00:45
  • msg #174

Chapter 1: East Blue

The old trees grow and size, and even the daylight could not pass through, it seems everything was made (including the town), to hide this passage. After traveling for bit through this dark passage a break through the trees comes through and opens up into a large grove. The trees and underbrush seemed to be woven together to make walls that seemed unnoticeable and impenetrable for the average person. The grove was full of different and unique trees of all kinds; fruit trees, berries and vegetables, the faint shimmer of spirit wood trees scattered throughout the grove. Amidst the Cornucopia that lay spilled upon the gentle hills, right in the very center, was a faint red shimmer that glistened in the sunlight.  As the group approaches it, it becomes clear it is the Red Spiritwood tree that had been so  anxiously guarded.
Will of D.
GM, 110 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Sat 19 Sep 2020
at 23:45
  • msg #175

Chapter 1: East Blue

The spirit wood tree was not yet grown to match the trees around it. The trunk was thick as a man’s forearm, but it’s branches were thin twigs, spreading in a wide, nearly flat canopy just about head-height for most men. The shoots were vibrant green, contrasting the auburn hue of the bark, and each leaf was divided in three, like a clover, but the blades looked like tiny serrated daggers instead of rounded and smooth. Amidst some leaf clusters were vaguely cylindrical knobs of woods, dangling like fruit in bunches of two or three.

Just being near the tree gave a faint glimmer of hope, peace, and tranquility. Until a man stepped from the shadows beyond the trees on the far side of the grove. He was tall and thin, but his lanky limbs looked hard as corded steel. He wore baggy trousers, tucked into boots, but no shirt. His chest was covered with scars. He reached over his shoulder to pull a large, curved blade from its sheath.

"And so, we finally meet," he said, holding the blade out towards Ben. "I do not know what has possessed you to make enemies of the Redbeard Pirates, but I assure you that you will regret it for only a short time. Because soon, you’ll be dead. But not before I take everything that you’ve ever loved."

The sword pointed at the tree.

"Starting with this,"

The grove is about 20 yards across. He’s about 5 yd past the tree, 15 yd from you guys.

Also, everyone make a Perception check when you post your actions. Treat this as combat if you decide to do anything  besides talk.

Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 46 posts
Sun 20 Sep 2020
at 00:26
  • msg #176

Chapter 1: East Blue

Leon leaps across the clearing in an instant katana flashing out into a defensive grip as his lands between the speaker and the tree, "Greetings! I am Leon D. Hart and these are the Lionheart Pirates! I want you to know that, because if you don't leave my friend alone, you should know who it is that will kill you!"


Perception success by 0.
Flying Leap success.
Fast Draw success.
Talker! 14 success by 5.


HP: 20/20     FP: 10/12     WCP: 8/10
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 35 posts
Sun 20 Sep 2020
at 06:24
  • msg #177

Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony, drunk as a skunk after healing all those people stares at the stranger with bleary eyes. Seeing his brother jump, Tony takes the possible distraction and stumbles forward, halving the distance between him and the man by the tree, "Thakke Chet!" he drunkenly slurs and shoots a blast directly at the man's face.

perception fail by 5, sake jet rolled 13.
This message was last edited by the player at 14:55, Sun 20 Sept 2020.
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 32 posts
Mon 21 Sep 2020
at 13:17
  • msg #178

Chapter 1: East Blue

Seeing Leon confront Redbeard head-on, Thane decides to find a better angle to support his captain, as well as confront any additional forces Redbeard may have brought with him. Thane couldn't help remember the woman he confronted before and her troublesome ability... and attitude. Finding a sturdy looking tree branch off to the side, Thane warps to it. Upon landing, Thane draws two throwing knives per hand, and scans the grove for any other potential foes.


I'm assuming I have cleared Ben of sinking Redbeard's ship, and that he was actually framed. That's what happened, right?

Warp success by 8
Body sense success by 9
Perception success by 2
Fast Draw success by 8... If I have to wait to take out any weapons, let me know

Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 14 posts
how do i use this this bi
graphy is so short its di
Tue 22 Sep 2020
at 11:06
  • msg #179

Chapter 1: East Blue

In reply to Thane Bristol (msg # 178):
I think we can assume we’ve all gotten on the same page and Ben explained on the way over here, I think.
Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 15 posts
how do i use this this bi
graphy is so short its di
Tue 22 Sep 2020
at 12:02
  • msg #180

Chapter 1: East Blue

Ben puts his hand in his pouch and palms a cannonball, and shouts
“It was not I;  but since you’ve hurt innocent people, the time for talk is over.”


Unless the Will of D will allow me to have pre palmed a cannonball this is my action.
This message was last edited by the player at 12:06, Tue 22 Sept 2020.
Will of D.
GM, 111 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Tue 22 Sep 2020
at 17:52
  • msg #181

Chapter 1: East Blue

Sizing up Ben, the lone pirate raised an eyebrow.

"Didn’t do it, eh? I bet. Why did the ship sink in exactly the same way at exactly the same spot as all the Navy vessels buried in the harbor?" he spat. "And by ‘innocent’ I’m sure you mean your accomplices. Aiding and abetting makes them culpable. Sultan Barbarossa would not approve of allowing even the slightest hint of an insult to go unpunished. He would have my head sooner. Ah, but death is too easy. First, the tree."

The man stopped as Leon appeared between him and the tree.

"I wouldn’t be so sure about who is getting killed," the man said.

Tony charged forward shooting a stream of alcohol from his palm at the man’s face. He sidestepped the stream and shot a glare at Tony.

"Alright, then. You want a fight? A fight you’ll get."

His free hand whipped to and from his back, and another curved blade was in his hand. Spinning them around deftly, he spread his feet in a fighting posture.

Thane could see from the trees that more men were hiding in the shadows and behind tree trunks, weapons already ready, seemingly waiting for something.

Like lightning, the man slashed back and forth at Leon, twin blades flashing as he spun about as in an elaborate dance.

"WHIRLING DERVISH!"

Leon must defend twice, or take 14 and 13 cutting damage!

Thane is correct that Ben has been framed, though it’s unclear as if yet by whom.

Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 47 posts
Wed 23 Sep 2020
at 03:09
  • msg #182

Chapter 1: East Blue

"WHIRLING DERVISH!"

Leon's katana is a blur as it flicks back and forth to meet the attacks, one sword is batted to the ground while the other goes flying behind the cocky pirate, "I am quite sure."

Leon's sword is a blur as he strikes at his opponent, "HUMBLE PIE!"

-6 Deceptive Attack to the Neck, failed, spend WCP for success.
Damage to be nonlethal, something to scar him and teach him a lesson.


HP: 20/20     FP: 10/12     WCP: 5/10
This message was last edited by the player at 03:19, Wed 23 Sept 2020.
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 33 posts
Sat 26 Sep 2020
at 00:29
  • msg #183

Chapter 1: East Blue

Thane sees Leon easily disarm the lone pirate. Thane then quickly shifts his focus to the surrounding area, trying to ensure that the woman he encountered before doesn't step in. "If she does," Thane thought, "I will warp to intercept and try to prevent her from using her abilities against Leon, Tony, or Ben."

I rolled success for my warp and body sense. If she looks like she is going to intervene, I will warp near her, then threaten her with my knives, and say "Don't try it. He is innocent, and Leon won't kill that man."
This message was last edited by the player at 02:15, Sat 26 Sept 2020.
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 36 posts
Sat 26 Sep 2020
at 17:47
  • msg #184

Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony sees the man is distracted in his fight with Leon, and as his swords clatter to the ground, Tony tucks his arms in tight and lifts his knees high as he tip toe runs stealthily to get into a closer position behind the villain.

full movement to get close behind him, 10 for stealth
This message was last edited by the player at 18:22, Sat 26 Sept 2020.
Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 16 posts
how do i use this this bi
graphy is so short its di
Sat 26 Sep 2020
at 20:15
  • msg #185

Chapter 1: East Blue

As Ben circles to the opposite side that Tony is on and says “Where is your crew? Surely you have not come alone! Unless you mean to duel or surrender.”

Ben will use his full movement of 7 yds and keep talking to attempt to distract the pirates attention.
I’ll assume Tony went left and I’ll go right, unless someone can correct me

This message was last edited by the player at 20:22, Sat 26 Sept 2020.
Will of D.
GM, 112 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Sat 26 Sep 2020
at 22:51
  • msg #186

Chapter 1: East Blue

Leon’s sword was a blur of pure speed. The sinuous dance of the pirate took the man flipping backwards, the blade slicing through the air where the man had been. Landing in a crouch, the pirate had one of his dropped swords in hand. He stood gracefully, his face painted in a villainous smirk.

"You’re good," he said. "Very good."

His blade flourished in a spiral motion before he took a fighting stance for a single blade, the other hand outstretched, palm up.

Tony approached quietly from one side, while Ben swung around the opposite side.

"Where’s your crew?"

As if on command, the pirates came out of the trees in a rush, blades bared, and yelling a battle cry: "FOR REDBEARD!"

Thane’s target, however, did not appear.

The leader guy rolled a 6 on an acrobatic retreat dodge. ^_^

Tony is 3 yd away.
Ben is 8 yd away.

20 some pirates with swords are charging in from the trees, currently at around 5 yd from any given person.

No sign of the woman from before.

Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 34 posts
Sun 27 Sep 2020
at 01:35
  • msg #187

Chapter 1: East Blue

Thane draws four more throwing knives, now holding four throwing knives in each hand. Not yet noticed by the charging pirates, perched in a nearby tree, Thane sends one knife at each of the nearest pirates, "Fangs of the Wolf Pack: Howling Barrage!"

I rolled success for my fast draw of 4 more knives. I am referring to the 8 nearest pirates, since I am trying to do one knife per target. You know, damage as many as I can with the element of surprise.

Then rolled 5 success, 3 fails for attacks- used 2 WCP to make 7 success, 1 fail.
Damage was 15,21,18,15,13,17,21 for each successful knife throw respectively, using sneak attack damage.

4/6 WCP
10/12 FP

Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 48 posts
Sun 27 Sep 2020
at 01:45
  • msg #188

Chapter 1: East Blue

"As are you!" Leon says with a grin, "You know I didn't catch your name, but your artful fighting style tells me you must be Captain Jack Ward of the Redbeard pirates. Or do I miss my guess?"

Then he lunges at the other pirate with his katana, "SLY FOX STRIKE!"

Feint success by 4

HP: 20/20     FP: 10/12     WCP: 5/10
This message had punctuation tweaked by the player at 02:13, Mon 28 Sept 2020.
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 37 posts
Mon 28 Sep 2020
at 02:11
  • msg #189

Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony suddenly closes the gap between himself and Captain Ward and swipes both of his claws at the sword wielding pirate, preparing to increase his B.A.C. "CAT SCRATCH FEVER!"

rapid strike with claws, -3 for RS. First attack fail by 1, use WP for success, second attack success by 4. Damage 17 and 18, 11 and 5 for electro damage, and 12 & 11 for BAC 

1SaP 9WP
This message was last edited by the player at 16:35, Mon 28 Sept 2020.
Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 17 posts
how do i use this this bi
graphy is so short its di
Wed 30 Sep 2020
at 02:52
  • msg #190

Chapter 1: East Blue

“COME BACK YOU COWARD!!!!!!” Bellows Ben loudly,  as the captain disappears somehow amongst his advancing crew. In his anger, he turns and pelts the nearest approaching pirate right dead center of his face. “Boulder Dash!!”

Success by 3, thrown cannonball, 9 damage
Will of D.
GM, 113 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Wed 30 Sep 2020
at 17:43
  • msg #191

Chapter 1: East Blue

The pirate raised an eyebrow and cracked a smile.

"Yes, I am Agha under the banner of Redbeard. You may call me Jack."

He danced away from the feint, not falling for the ruse.

"Nice try. Not good enough."

His voice was calm, almost musical as he constantly moved smoothly from form to stance and back again. In the midst of that, another bout of strikes came.

Defend twice at -2, or take 14 and 8 cutting damage.

Tony came in from the side, slashing claws at Ward, but he expertly deflected each strike with the side of his blade, never ceasing the dance.

Ben and Thane engaged the onrush of pirates. Ben’s cannonball narrowly missed the first pirate in view, only to plow the one behind him in the gut, the man stumbling back to the trees and collapsing. Thane’s flurry of knives took out a third of the pirates before they knew what hit them!

Half the pirates left dropped swords and draw guns, finding Thane’s hiding spot in the trees. The other half continued forward, all of them focused on the giant rock man.

Ben could defend one of the two. The second was a critical success. But neither did enough damage to penetrate that rocky skin!
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 35 posts
Wed 30 Sep 2020
at 20:31
  • msg #192

Chapter 1: East Blue

"Looks like the jig is up," Thane says to himself as he sees the pirates switching to firearms. "Those aren't going to help you much!" Thane called down to the pirates. Drawing his two kukri knives, Thane warps directly behind the furthest pirate who had drawn a gun on him: "See? What did I tell you?"

I rolled a critical success for my fast draw, and successes for my warp and body sense+switch direction.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 49 posts
Wed 30 Sep 2020
at 22:59
  • msg #193

Chapter 1: East Blue

"Thank you big brother, but I've got this. There's a crew that needs pouncing." Leon says to Tony, as he deftly parries both strikes from Agha.

"Since we're dispensing with the formalities of rank, you may call me Leon." Leon says still grinning, as he brings his katana around for three strikes in rapid succession.

"LIGHTNING STRIKES!"

Success on both parries.
Success, Critical Success, and success on attacks.
28, 23, & 23 cutting damage.


HP: 20/20     FP: 10/12     WCP: 5/10
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 38 posts
Sat 3 Oct 2020
at 14:10
  • msg #194

Chapter 1: East Blue

"Good luck brother!, and sir," he says the the swordsman "your bladework is most impressive!" Tony breaks off and turns to the on coming gang, takes a few steps forward, gives half a smile and a little shrug, "are you sure none of you would rather tall about this before you join your friends on the ground?"

compulsive cheerleading for the opponent.

1SaP 9WP
Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 18 posts
how do i use this this bi
graphy is so short its di
Thu 15 Oct 2020
at 10:54
  • msg #195

Chapter 1: East Blue

As the pirates approaches Ben clears them out with mighty swings of his Mastedon, hitting several pirates at once, making sure no one can interfere with the fight happening between Leon and Jack. “Trounce him, Leon, but don’t kill him! Maybe he can tell us where Redbeard is!”
3 rapid strikes, two successes and one fail. Damage is  27 (I punched in the mod wrong so -2)and 30
This message was last edited by the player at 16:10, Thu 15 Oct 2020.
Will of D.
GM, 115 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Fri 16 Oct 2020
at 14:59
  • msg #196

Chapter 1: East Blue

Jack met steel with steel, batting away the first strike with a casual twist of the wrist. The second strike slipped right past his blade, opening a huge gash across the man’s stomach. Blood sprayed out with the follow through of Leon’s swing. Somehow clinging to consciousness, Jack barely managed to slip the flat of his blade between his chest and the last of Leon’s strikes.

Jack managed to keep his feet, but his knees were wobbly. He took a feeble step back. A hum rose as a wave of force buffeted Leon, distorting the air between him and Jack. A beautiful woman stepped forth from the tree line directly behind Jack, hand outstretched towards the dueling pair, eyes alight with concentration.

Thane doesn’t know it yet, but the woman is the same that he encountered earlier. He’s facing the opposite direction from her at the moment.

The effect doesn’t harm Leon, but it appears to be persistent, whatever it is.


Ben smashed two of the pirates so hard that they went flying back several yards, flipping end over end as they collapsed. Two more pirates tried in vain to penetrate his stony hide.

The other two near Ben turned to try their luck on Tony, blades swinging in unison. Defend twice, or take 4 and 6 cutting damage.

As Thane appeared behind the furthest pirate, the rest looked confused, lowering their guns for a moment before he announced himself. Then they all spun on their heels, guns coming up and pointed at Thane again. The pirate right in front of Thane almost hitting him with the barrel of his rifle as he spun! Defend, or take 3 crushing damage.
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 36 posts
Fri 16 Oct 2020
at 18:54
  • msg #197

Chapter 1: East Blue

"Woah there," Thane said in reflex, as he deftly adjusted the trajectory of the rifle's barrel downward. Using the momentum, Thane spins in a 360 and brings his twin kukri knives down diagonally across the pirate's chest, "Twin Fang: Pantera Slash!"

I rolled success by 0 for my parry, success by 9 for double strike, and 26 total damage. I also tried rolling for perception to see if in my 360 I saw the woman from before, but it was a failure, so it isn't a huge deal lol.
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 39 posts
Sat 17 Oct 2020
at 03:40
  • msg #198

Chapter 1: East Blue

"Guess not" Tony let's his body loosen and and his eyes go glassy as the two swordsmen advance on him. They swing their swords and Tony bats them away, clearing a path between the two villains. Then Tony smiles and darts between them, arms outstretched to the side, claws at the ready. "DOUBLESHOT OF PAIN" and the claws rip at the two men as he runs by.

double parry, 6 & 10. Rapid strike, one for each, 11 & 11, damage 12 & 18

1SaP 9WP
This message was last edited by the player at 03:48, Sat 17 Oct 2020.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 50 posts
Tue 20 Oct 2020
at 03:18
  • msg #199

Chapter 1: East Blue

"Will that be all?" Leon asks, "Call off your men Jack! Leave now and I promise we won't pursue!"

Just talking. If he tries to discern my motives I'm telling the truth.

HP: 20/20     FP: 10/12     WCP: 5/10
Will of D.
GM, 117 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Tue 20 Oct 2020
at 12:31
  • msg #200

Chapter 1: East Blue

Both Thane and Tony dropped their foes with ease.

Jack worked his mouth as if speaking, but the words were muffled by whatever had rebuffed Leon. He frowned and turned over his shoulder toward the woman who had emerged, then the effect vanished.

"Stand down, men!" shouted Jack. "Redbeard will have his vengeance, but not today."

The men looked scandalized, but they complied, sheathing swords and shouldering rifles. Jack Agha limped toward the woman, who took his arm over her shoulder to help him walk into the forest. The men moved wide around the rest of the Lionhearts before following their captain.

The small tree in the midst of the grove appeared unharmed, but both Jack and the men eyed it fiercely as they retreated.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 51 posts
Wed 21 Oct 2020
at 03:37
  • msg #201

Chapter 1: East Blue

Leon sheathes his katana and bows with a flourish, "Until we meet again Jack!"

He smiles broadly and turns to his companions, "I'd say this went rather well! Ben, would you care to explain what's so special about this tree?""
Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 19 posts
Stoneman and Shipwright
He just hit like two guys
Wed 21 Oct 2020
at 23:53
  • msg #202

Chapter 1: East Blue

Ben, a bit flustered still at how things unfolded, gathers himself enough to explain. “Well; it’s called Spirit Wood. It contains special properties that make it very valuable, and this breed (he points to the center where the tree is) is of a particularly rare variety. The people of this island have been hiding it for a while now, from the Pirates and Navy. If either found out of this grove, it would probably be wiped out for profit. It means a lot to the heritage of this island, as it does to mine.  As the port grew, they surpassed the locals in number, and soon became a point of contention between the Pirates and the Navy. They built the grove to hide what they had. The rest of the Spiritwood on the island was wiped out. When I came here, it didn’t take long for them to see I had an eye for the craft of Spiritwood, and they saw my work as well, and we revealed ourselves to each other. I was raised on an island where the natives taught me how to work with and also harvest from the trees without damaging them, so I agreed to help them to preserve the Orchard. They kept the Pirates drunk, and I caused enough mischief among the Navy to keep them from taking the port back over. We have been biding our time but..."  Ben pauses, and lets out a gravely breath "..Our time has run out, it seems."
This message was last edited by the player at 03:52, Fri 23 Oct 2020.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 52 posts
Fri 23 Oct 2020
at 14:39
  • msg #203

Chapter 1: East Blue

"Well then, I hereby place the tree under my protection and invite it to live aboard my ship! There is a hole in the deck that we can plant the tree in that'd be perfect!" Leon says, "It's caretaker will join my crew of course. We don't know the first thing about trees..."
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 40 posts
Mon 26 Oct 2020
at 12:47
  • msg #204

Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony walks over to Leon and stands so they are touch at the forearm. Welcome to the crew Big Guy!
Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 20 posts
Stoneman and Shipwright
He just hit like two guys
Wed 28 Oct 2020
at 21:48
  • msg #205

Chapter 1: East Blue

 Ben hesitates slightly, but finds himself and says“I would be most grateful, Captain! It would also give me a chance to avenge my comrades. Besides that, I find your quickness to action and willingness to treat an enemy honorably refreshing, even when I struggled to do both. I shall lend my abilities henceforth as shipwright of your ship! Give me the time and materials, and we can do anything!”  He is overcome with gratitude, And returns grasp on Tony’s fore arm with a hearty and sloshy shake of his own.
This message was last edited by the player at 21:51, Wed 28 Oct 2020.
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 37 posts
Thu 29 Oct 2020
at 16:41
  • msg #206

Chapter 1: East Blue

Thane sheathes his kukri knives, a huge grin on his face. Warping from where he had been fighting to right next to the group, Thane turns to Leon and asks, "So, Captain. Where to next?"

I rolled success for my change grip and sheathing of my knives, warp, and body sense.
Will of D.
GM, 118 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Thu 29 Oct 2020
at 18:04
  • msg #207

Chapter 1: East Blue

As the growing Lionheart pirates moved back through the city, they never saw the Redbeard crew again. But there was a different sort of commotion amidst the bustle of the crowds. Pirates had become more wary, eying everyone with suspicion instead of letting their words and demeanor flow freely with the booze. Some spoke openly of another pirate ship sunk in the harbor. Others eyed the tall stony man with glares that stabbed accusation like needles.

Another ship had been taken down by the copycat, and now they were out for blood. What’s worse, rumor had already spread about Ben’s connection. If they didn’t get out of town fast, they would have a full scale battle on their hands, and they would be hopelessly outnumbered. The way Navy coming into town were treated was turned toward Ben, although not all had realized how direct his connection  was to the situation. As soon as they made that connection, it would be all over.

Getting the Spiritwood tree uprooted carefully, the Lionhearts made haste to the ship without stopping for anything. Open brawls had turned to small skirmishes in the streets by the time the sounds from the town dwindled on the horizon.



The next day, a News Coo dropped a paper on deck.

Ben had replanted the tree in the middle of the ship. They would need to get some more dirt and fertilizer soon, but it would keep the thing alive for now. With a modified planter, it could allow the tree to grow for years before needing to find a more permanent home.

Picking up the paper, Leon read,

BREAKING: THE PAPER CRANE CAUGHT!
A long suspected terrorist organization, called The Paper Crane turns out to be an individual with paper Devilfruit powers. This criminal mastermind has been apprehended and awaits transport to Impel Down at a small Navy jail on Sleepy Seal Island.

Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 53 posts
Thu 29 Oct 2020
at 18:14
  • msg #208

Chapter 1: East Blue

"Ooooo! Check this out!" Leon says passing the newspaper to the next crew member, "A single person was able to make the Navy think they were an entire organisation!"

He ponders the thought while the paper makes it's way round the crew, "I want to meet this person but I don't want to go to prison to do it..."

"We'll have to break them out!" he exclaims with a mad grin on his face, "Navigator! Set a course for Sleepy Seal Island at best speed! I want us to get there before they transfer him to Impel Down!"
Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 21 posts
Stoneman and Shipwright
He just hit like two guys
Thu 29 Oct 2020
at 20:35
  • msg #209

Chapter 1: East Blue

After tending to the tree, Ben sets out to check out the ship he is on. He sets out to make any small repairs he can without supplies and evaluate the ship for further modifications as they travel to their next location

Idk why I rolled lol it’s like an automatic success.
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 41 posts
Fri 30 Oct 2020
at 14:09
  • msg #210

Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony comes up and starts handing out the midday meal. Sandwiches, fries, and brownies, and of course a bottle of grog for all.
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 38 posts
Sat 31 Oct 2020
at 20:39
  • msg #211

Chapter 1: East Blue

Thane yawns and stretches out from the crow's nest, where he was napping, saying to himself "Sleepy Seal Island sounds like the place I want to be right about now," (since that was what he was focusing on when he heard Leon call out to him). Responding to Leon, Thane yells down from his perch, "Aye, aye Captain. Sleepy Seal Island it is." As Thane began to figure out their course, Thane realizes he heard Leon mention Impel Down, and calls back to him, "Wait... Leon, what was that about Impel Down again?"

I went for a little comedic exchange, and based on the fact that Thane hasn't seen the news article yet.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 54 posts
Sat 31 Oct 2020
at 22:57
  • msg #212

Chapter 1: East Blue

"We're busting a man out of a marine prison Mr. Bristol!" Leon shouts up to the crows nest, "If we fail I expect we'll find a home in Impel Down with the man were going to rescue!"

"Either that or we'll be dead!" he adds, "But if we succeed it's gonna be EPIC!"
Will of D.
GM, 119 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Mon 2 Nov 2020
at 12:20
  • msg #213

Chapter 1: East Blue

Location: Navy Jail, Furry Fish City
Sleepy Seal Island, East Blue

An unnamed jail sat just off the coast of Furry Fish City, the building taking up the whole of the tiny landmass. A drawbridge was the only thing that connected the jail to the shore, a hundred yards of steel and stone leading up the the similarly steel and stone cube-shaped building that was the jail. The Marines used the jail to house criminals captured in a wide area, but the residents never stayed long before being transferred to a more permanent situation, either a prison like Impel Down or a shallow, unmarked grave in the outskirts of town.

As a temporary facility, the jail was woefully understaffed for its size. A dozen or so guards covered the tops of the walls and the front door—the only entry point besides the roof—and half again as many were spread throughout the interior, various guard posts and a few roaming on rounds. There were as many as a hundred prisoners at any given time, but there was enough room in the jail for a thousand.

The residents were mainly pathetic lowlifes from the city, street thugs and thieves. There were a handful of pirates, and the the one under maximum security: The Paper Crane.

The Lionheart Pirates found their way to Sleepy Seal Island without much trouble, and some local rumors got them all the info they could want about the jail, including a copy of the blueprints! The maximum security, solitary confinement, was at the very heart of the building, halfway up the 5 stories, in the middle of the building, through five solid iron doors, braced in solid stone, alternating sides in the concentric squares working inward to the iron-barred cage within the inner room.

You can decide how you want to enter: front door or roof. You also have to figure a way to the jail: sneak across when the bridge is down, or smuggle yourself up a wall from the water. Since you guys have the prints, I’ll let you decide the layout as you go, but the building is a giant cube, five stories tall. Ori Kami is on floor 3 in the center of the building.

Ori, feel free to describe how long you’ve bene here, what you’ve been doing, etc. Go nuts!

Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 42 posts
Mon 2 Nov 2020
at 14:36
  • msg #214

Chapter 1: East Blue

On the trip there I work to make some premade explosives to help in our extraction.

<orange> Rolled 14, get plus 4 for Sommelier! And IQ10 <orange>
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 39 posts
Mon 2 Nov 2020
at 15:19
  • msg #215

Chapter 1: East Blue

"So, Captain..." Thane began saying to Leon while looking at the blueprints, "What's your plan here? We could use my warp abilities to infiltrate from somewhere they wouldn't expect, but that's all I got at this point. We could also split up to where I infiltrate from one side while someone causes a distraction somewhere else." Thane shrugs as he stands up straight to look at Leon.
Ori Kami
Origami Loremaster, 1 post
Mon 2 Nov 2020
at 22:25
  • msg #216

Chapter 1: East Blue

2 Weeks Ago

A man appeared quite suddenly in Celestial Dragon Meiwaku's summer home on Sleepy Seal Island. Servants and guards only noticed him as he stood atop the balcony railing and shouted:

Celestial Dragons
Pretentious false gods no more
The Paper Crane strikes!


The guards then noticed Meiwaku's prize vase held high above the man's head. Estimated to be centuries old, the vase was worth more than the island itself. The shattering sound penetrated the guard's souls, and they knew their lives were forfeit if they could not capture the culprit.

Upon rushing up to the balcony, the guards were surprised to find the man calmly kneeling amid the shards inside a ring of origami cranes. His arms spread wide, he smiled at the guards and calmly stated:

A man treasured this
Shattered shards audacious proof
Crime of the decade


They rushed the man only to find a storm of paper shards needling their skin. It stopped just as quickly as it began, and the man offered his hands forward to be cuffed.

A Week Ago

The Paper Crane talks
Claiming deeds worked himself
Cryptic wordsmith waits


The guards had quickly given up questioning the Paper Crane. He only answered in cheerful haiku and confounded their interrogation methods. He seemed to be claiming a series of crimes against the Celestial Dragons as his own, with the Paper Crane left behind as a signature.

His initial burst of devil fruit powers was not followed up by any other displays, and the guards left him largely alone in his cell. The few times a day they came to check on him he was sitting in the corner, almost folded into it. It was at this time that they began to find paper cranes all around the prison. One crane was found in a chest in the barracks. Another folded in the spice rack in the kitchen. A third resting high on a ledge looking down over the latrine. More guards were posted outside the Paper Crane's cell.

Now

The paper cranes were all over. One guard woke up with his entire bed covered in them. The guards on night watch would look away only to find a crane appear. Some of them now had beaks dipped in what looked like blood. The warden's office was filled with the collection. The prisoner was checked on again, but he looked the same tucked into his corner of the cell. When asked about the origami, he answered over and over:

Papery wings beat
Circling, stalking, watching you
Careful lest they bite!

Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 55 posts
Thu 5 Nov 2020
at 01:05
  • msg #217

Chapter 1: East Blue

Leon's face lights up at Thane's suggestion, "That just gave me a terrible idea! Terrible, but also epic!"

"There are four sides of the prison and four of us, so I say we split up completely! Last one to the cell block... Hmmm... Swabs the deck for a week!" Leon says with a maniacal grin, "No rules. Sneak in, fight in, climb in, even talk your way in; it doesn't matter to me, play to your strengths. Objective is to get to the Paper Crane and bust him out."
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 43 posts
Thu 5 Nov 2020
at 03:30
  • msg #218

Chapter 1: East Blue

"Aye, Aye Captain! It shall be a race to freedom!
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 40 posts
Thu 5 Nov 2020
at 03:40
  • msg #219

Chapter 1: East Blue

"Well then, I guess you'll all see the reason why I'm called 'The Shadow'. I'll have this 'Paper Crane' out of his cell before you guys even make it to the cell block!" Thane responds, a huge grin showing on his face.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 56 posts
Sat 7 Nov 2020
at 05:42
  • msg #220

Chapter 1: East Blue

"That's the spirit!" Leon says clapping Thane on the back, as they survey the lowered drawbridge during a change of the guard, "I'm going to fight my way in the main door. Of course any of you are welcome to sneak through the same door once they're distracted or climb up to a window. Mr. Bristol, I assume you'll be entering from the roof?"

"Well then, no time to waste!" Leon says running full speed down the drawbridge with his crew in tow.
This message was last edited by the player at 23:15, Sat 07 Nov 2020.
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 41 posts
Sat 7 Nov 2020
at 07:34
  • msg #221

Chapter 1: East Blue

"Indeed, that is my plan. See y'all on the inside!" Thane responds to Leon, turning to smile at Ben and Tony as well. As Leon began running across the drawbridge, Thane turns his attention to the roof of the prison. Thane warps on to the roof and begins searching for the best entry point into the prison.

I rolled successes for warping, body sense, and perception (7, 16, and 7 respectively)
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 44 posts
Sat 7 Nov 2020
at 22:21
  • msg #222

Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony watches his brother leap away, Thane pop out of existence and appear way ahead and then he turns to Ben. Wanna give me a toss?
Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 22 posts
Stoneman and Shipwright
He just hit like two guys
Sat 7 Nov 2020
at 23:12
  • msg #223

Chapter 1: East Blue

“Even better” Ben returns a toothy grimace and grabs Tony by the collar as he runs down the bridge. When they get close enough he comes down with a crash on his knees and takes his mast and shoves it under Tony’s sloshy feet and kneels down so the mast is levered on his shoulder. “ Aim high and don’t hit me in my head please” He says dryly. Even so a grin betrays  his tone. “ First class Tony?”
This message was last edited by the player at 23:28, Sat 07 Nov 2020.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 57 posts
Sat 7 Nov 2020
at 23:16
  • msg #224

Chapter 1: East Blue

About halfway down the bridge he pulls up short and draws his bokken, while Ben uses his mast as a makeshift catapult. Once Tony climbs into position Leon slams his weapon down to launch the drunken tiger at the jail.

As soon as his brother is airborne he sheathes his bokken and draws his katana to resume his charge. He ends his run with a Flying Leap which he terminates with a slash through the mechanism used to raise and lower the bridge.

"NAVY SCUM! COME AND FACE ME! FOR I, LEON D. HART (CAPTAIN OF THE LIONHEART PIRATES), AM YOUR DOOM!"

Power Blow (×3) fail, but spend 1WCP for success.
Flying Leap Success!
72 cutting damage

This message had punctuation tweaked by the player at 23:20, Sat 07 Nov 2020.
Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 23 posts
Stoneman and Shipwright
He just hit like two guys
Sat 7 Nov 2020
at 23:24
  • msg #225

Chapter 1: East Blue

As soon as the Captain launches Tony, Ben takes the momentum and brings himself to his feet and runs down the bridge as fast as he can as he prepares to  throw himself into the Marines coming down the bridge. “Tally votes, I mean, Tally HO!”
This message was last edited by the player at 23:30, Sat 07 Nov 2020.
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 45 posts
Sun 8 Nov 2020
at 00:39
  • msg #226

Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony soars through the air DRUNKEN CAT IS HIGH! and he puts his arms over his head, claws extended.



CLAW! @17- rolled a 7.
Will of D.
GM, 121 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Mon 9 Nov 2020
at 19:09
  • msg #227

Chapter 1: East Blue

Thane appeared on the rooftop, immediately assessing his surroundings. Conveniently, a marine stood right next to where he popped into existence. The man was so startled by the sudden appearance that he just stood there, mouth open, eyes wide. There were 5 soldiers scattered about the rooftop, one at each corner, and one by the door that clearly lead down into the building. They all looked at Thane aghast, but one of them actually raised rifles toward him.

In game terms, all but 1 are mentally stunned from the surprise. You could try to fight them, or just poof through the door. It’s 50 yd away.



Tony dove through a narrow window as he began to descend, shattering glass and coming to an abrupt stop. Guards on that floor spun toward him, raising rifles! He had plopped himself on the 3rd floor, right next to the hallway that lead to the Paper Crane’s cell! The six guards were in pairs, 2 each at opposite corners of the building, and another 2 at the end of the hall in front of him.

Roll Acrobatics or take 7 crushing damage from the fall!

Guards are 50 yd away, 2 in either direction, 2 in front of you.




Leon leapt across half the bridge, slicing a huge chunk out of the gears that worked the drawbridge. The parts seized up, the loud clank drawing the eyes of the 7 guards standing near the entrance. They all pulled guns, training them on Leon.

They’re 10 yards away, standing in a tight arc, side by side.



Ben charged down the bridge behind Leon.

I’m gonna just say you’re right behind him, because otherwise you’re definitely gonna be last. ;)
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 42 posts
Tue 10 Nov 2020
at 04:20
  • msg #228

Chapter 1: East Blue

"What's up, guys?" Thane asked the 5 soldiers looking his way, most of them dumbfounded. Focusing on the soldier in front of the door into the prison, Thane begins running towards him. After getting his running start, Thane begins a jump kick, yards away from anyone. Suddenly, he warps directly in front of the soldier in front of the door, using the momentum to kick the soldier through the door into the prison. "Knock, knock. Anyone home?"

I rolled a success for my Empowered Warping (9), success for my Pirate! (7), and success for my body sense roll (14). I also rolled a success for perception (9) if I can use that after kicking through the door, but it is cool if I can't.

I rolled a 6 for my damage for the kick.

This message was last edited by the player at 03:19, Thu 12 Nov 2020.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 58 posts
Thu 12 Nov 2020
at 00:36
  • msg #229

Chapter 1: East Blue

"LIGHTNING STRIKES!" Leon leaps forward and cuts down three Marines in the line.

Flying Leap success.
Triple rapid strike, two success, and one failed; spend WCP for success.
70,64,73 cutting damage!


HP: 20/20     FP: 10/12     WCP: 8/10
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 46 posts
Thu 12 Nov 2020
at 13:49
  • msg #230

Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony crashes through the window and lands, attempting his best super hero landing, and wobbling on the dismount as he stands. He sees all the faces looking at him and smiles. He looks down each hallway and his brow furroghs, "Eenie, meanie, minie, Moe, catch a-me by my toe" and ends pointing straight, toward the center of the prison. Tony runs forward, moving his massive paws to his mouth to help amplify "Paperboy?!?!" Tony calls, realizing he had been a little distracted on the ship and might not have paid the best attention to who we were rescuing.

10 for Acrobatics
This message was last edited by the player at 14:55, Thu 12 Nov 2020.
Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 24 posts
Stoneman and Shipwright
He just hit like two guys
Tue 17 Nov 2020
at 19:58
  • msg #231

Chapter 1: East Blue

Ben Rushes in behind Leon and crashes Mastodon through three of the four guardsman leftover. He smashes through three of them, crying out “Smash Mouth!!!”. lol One tries to duck but is swept up by the body of the other two as they collide together.
1 success, 2 miss, I use 3 WCP to hit all three. Ben will attempt to position himself between the last gunman and the captain.
This message was last edited by the player at 22:15, Tue 17 Nov 2020.
Will of D.
GM, 123 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Wed 18 Nov 2020
at 04:09
  • msg #232

Chapter 1: East Blue

Thane put a foot into the guard’s chest. He stumbled back into the door, which was slightly cracked open, and kept stumbling until he was tumbling down the stairs. The rest of the guards shook their stupor off, raising guns, calling for alarms to be sounded, and charging toward the stairs behind.

Through the door, the stairs descended one flight down where a door stood. The marine had landed right by the door at the landing, eyes spiraling with dizziness.

Since you can double Warp while Empowered Warping is active, I’ll describe the hallway beyond (assuming you decide to Warp to the other side of the door):

The hall branched out in a cross pattern, each passage going to the four sides of the building, each T-intersecting a hall that ran parallel with the sides. A few scattered doors stood around the hallways, looking to be offices or some other sort of staff area. No other stairs were visible from here, and no guards patrolled here, at least not this very moment.

50 yd in any direction to the T-intersection. Shorter if you want to go into a random room.



Tony charged toward one pair of guards.

"Halt!" one barked, but they started shouting anyway. The shots were off, but not by much, especially considering the distance.

About 44 yards and closing!




Leon caught the guards by surprise, leaving the first three in reach a splattered mess of blood.

The remaining guards drew swords, then Ben came barreling up. The marines worked their blades to defend themselves, but the enormous club made from the ship’s mast—Mastodon!—easily overpowered them.

Only one remained standing. He looked back and forth between the two, but Leon had already gained a lead toward the front door! The soldier lunged at Ben, an attack so weak by comparison that it glanced off his skin.

Technically, Ben needed to close the distance more before attacking, but instead I let it stand and say that Leon made it all the way to the door, whereas Ben is a turn behind him with a foe still standing in the way.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 59 posts
Wed 18 Nov 2020
at 04:38
  • msg #233

Chapter 1: East Blue

"Come on Mr. Livingston! Leave that pipsqueak and let's get a move on!" Leon leaps forward and cuts the door off its hinges, then he turns back to face the Navy man, "You there marine! This is too easy. Go get help! RUN!"

Flying Leap fail; spend WCP for success.
72 cutting damage!


HP: 20/20     FP: 9/12     WCP: 7/10
Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 25 posts
Stoneman and Shipwright
He just hit like two guys
Wed 18 Nov 2020
at 10:56
  • msg #234

Chapter 1: East Blue

“Preferably someone larger!” Ben laughs and turns and follows after the captain.
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 43 posts
Thu 19 Nov 2020
at 01:00
  • msg #235

Chapter 1: East Blue

"I guess no one's home," Thane shrugged looking down the four hallways presented to him, "Well, if the blueprints told me anything, it is that I still need to go down. Better find some stairs!" Taking a quick glance back at the dazed marine he kicked through the door, Thane decides he better put some distance between him and the marines he passed. Thane shrugs again, and then warps down the hallway straight ahead. Upon arrival at the end of the T, Thane looks down both directions to figure out which path looked the most promising.

First Warp success by 0, First Body Sense success by 5, Second Warp success by 3, Second Body Sense success by 5, and then Perception success by 0.
This message was last edited by the player at 01:27, Thu 19 Nov 2020.
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 47 posts
Fri 20 Nov 2020
at 14:19
  • msg #236

Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony's eyes flash as they shoot at him and he continues to charge forward. "I JUST DON'T WANT TO SWAB THE DECK!!! Tony screams as the bullets whizz by him.
Will of D.
GM, 124 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Mon 23 Nov 2020
at 14:49
  • msg #237

Chapter 1: East Blue

Thane vanished down the hallway, then again to the corner of the building where he found a staircase that from the labeling went all the way to the ground level, a landing at each floor between.

When he reached that corner, a very surprised looking marine officer stopped right in front of him as he rounded the corner to the stairs. His surprise did not stop his quick reaction. The man pulled his saber from its scabbard and swung through at Thane’s stomach in one smooth motion!

Defend normally, or take 11 cutting damage!
Lots of options here, mainly either fight or flight. ;)




Tony sprinted forward. The gunfire continued, unrelenting.

One shot on target: Dodge, or take 10 piercing damage!
You are 37 yd away, and closing!




The marine hesitated, eying Leon, then decided to obey and fled across the drawbridge.

Leon’s sword clanged as it met metal hinges on the front door. The metal bent and twisted, the door swinging open as if about to fall off.

Ben charged up behind the captain.

From the other side, shouts of alarm still echoed from the corridors of the ground level. Some of the prisoners were yelling at guards as the ran down the hallways, trying to grab them from their barred cells. This provided sufficient distraction for the time being.

I’m gonna stick with the same floor plan as above: long hallways along each side, and crossing at the middle of the building, rooms scattered throughout, stairs at corners of the building. 50 yd from the front door to either corner, or to the center. Rooms are mostly cell blocks, and the 3rd floor (only) has a massive block at the center, where the Paper Crane resides.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 60 posts
Mon 23 Nov 2020
at 15:39
  • msg #238

Chapter 1: East Blue

"Alright Mr. Livingston, let's split up!" Leon says, "I'll go this way and you go that way. Two floors up and to the center!"

Leon takes off running down the hallway to the left corner of the building as fast as he can go.

HP: 20/20     FP: 9/12     WCP: 7/10
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 44 posts
Wed 25 Nov 2020
at 01:05
  • msg #239

Chapter 1: East Blue

"Excuse me," Thane said as he whipped out his dual kukri knives to parry, "Can't stay and chat!" After parrying the blow from the marine's saber, Thane warped down the stairs to the entrance to the third floor, the floor where The Paper Crane was being kept.

I rolled successes for my fast draw of my knives, my parry, and *both* warps and body sense rolls (if necessary).
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 48 posts
Wed 25 Nov 2020
at 13:32
  • msg #240

Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony continues his mad dash forward at a bullet comes whizzing past his ear. "OI! I don't want to hurt you, I just need the Paper Boy!"


16 to dodge, will use point to make it successful
Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 26 posts
Stoneman and Shipwright
He just hit like two guys
Mon 30 Nov 2020
at 23:02
  • msg #241

Chapter 1: East Blue

Ben nods and barrels of in the opposite hallway
“Allons-y!!!!” , he shouts heartily
Will of D.
GM, 125 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Fri 4 Dec 2020
at 01:11
  • msg #242

Chapter 1: East Blue

Thane vanished down the stairwell, then again out into the hallway. He could hear the sounds of gunfire clearly now, coming from the hallway around the corner to his right.

If/when you decide to step around the corner, you can see two pairs of guards, charging toward each other, or rather toward the hallway that shot off from between them—the hallway Tony is currently sprinting down. You can jump the the intersection, then again all the way to where the guards which are shooting at Tony are standing.



Tony kept sprinting, nearly reaching the halfway point in the long hallway. The guards continue to fire at him.

Dodge or take 11 piercing damage.
You are 30 yd away!




Leon and Ben split up, each charging down opposite hallways.

A prisoner reached out, trying to snag the captain’s arm.

"Please!" he said. "Help me! Let me out! Please!"

At a quick glance, the man was in rags, but covered in a smattering of pirate-looking tattoos, and a handful of scars. He was not familiar, and otherwise rather plain looking: average height and build, weeks old scraggly beard, brownish hair and eyes, hair as disheveled as his rags but unremarkable.

Your call if you wanna stop and free him, or just do a move and attack to bust it open and keep running.



Ben’s hallway was more cluttered. A few guards were fighting to get one of their own free from a prisoner, who had grabbed him through the bars of his cell and pulled him tight against them. The mess blocked the way for Ben’s large frame. He would need to barrel over guards to avoid a dead stop, and slow to almost a walk regardless.

You can roll Fist! to plow them over, or Club! to use it like a makeshift battering ram. Damage is 2d+4 crushing to bowl them over with your body, or 2d+10 crushing with Mastodon. In either case, roll 2d+4 crushing as well in case you manage to knock them over and trample them.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 61 posts
Fri 4 Dec 2020
at 01:21
  • msg #243

Chapter 1: East Blue

"Please!" he said. "Help me! Let me out! Please!"

"I'm gonna lose this race for sure..." Leon stops in front of the man's cell, "Who are you and why should I release you?"

HP: 20/20     FP: 9/12     WCP: 7/10
This message was last edited by the player at 04:28, Wed 09 Dec 2020.
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 45 posts
Fri 4 Dec 2020
at 02:32
  • msg #244

Chapter 1: East Blue

Hearing guards shooting at someone, Thane decides to warp as far forward as he can to engage some of them, smiling as he thinks he might actually be catching up to Tony.

I rolled successes for my warps and body sense rolls.
This message was last edited by the player at 15:00, Thu 10 Dec 2020.
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 49 posts
Fri 4 Dec 2020
at 02:40
  • msg #245

Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony shifts his head to the side as a bullet whizzes by. As he continues to run, he let's out a guttural roar to frighten the men, mared only a little by a large hiccup in the middle. "PAPER BOY!!!!???!!!!"

8 to dodge
Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 27 posts
Stoneman and Shipwright
He just hit like two guys
Mon 7 Dec 2020
at 17:02
  • msg #246

Chapter 1: East Blue

Ben slows down a to a trot momentarily and brings his mast to his side and braces it like a lance, as he sees the struggle around the corner. [Chivalry isn’t dead yet] He thinks to himself as he lowers his posture and gains charging speed down the hallway.

Rolled an 10 to hit and 17 Mastodon and 11 trample  on damage
This message was last edited by the player at 17:12, Mon 07 Dec 2020.
Will of D.
GM, 127 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Wed 9 Dec 2020
at 03:48
  • msg #247

Chapter 1: East Blue

Thane continued his rapid teleportation, catching up to the guards in a flash!

If you are engaging the guards you could see around the corner, you can add an attack to your last round, and I’ll include it retroactively. If you’d prefer to poof to the T intersection, you can have teleported all the way ahead of Tony and be in melee range with the ones shooting at him from the door to solitary.



Tony continued forward, evading the continuous gunfire despite his drunken stupor.

Dodge or take 16 piercing damage.
You are 23 yd away!




The pirate stood, drawing himself up, almost regal despite his filthy, tattered garments. His unremarkable appearance seemed to fade, not that he changed from his average look, but he donned a sense of... presence.

"I’m a man of little consequence," he said. "But you should free me because I’m a pirate, like you. We’re all on the same side—enemies of the Navy. Am I right?"

He shrugged, coming closer to the bars. Deliberately avoiding touching them, he reached out a hand, as if to shake in agreement, or perhaps just a greeting.

"Help me first, then my name. Or you can go on your way. I won’t hold it against you."

A knowing smile crept onto his face.



Ben bowled over the whole pile of marines like enormous bowling pins, then trampled them into the ground, leaving a pile of unconscious guards in his wake.

One prisoner there plucked the keys from the belt loop of a marine that had fallen against the bars, and squeaked, "Thanks!"

Ben slowed slightly, but met moving, pulling ahead of the captain by a hair!
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 62 posts
Wed 9 Dec 2020
at 04:34
  • msg #248

Chapter 1: East Blue

Leon slashes through the lock on the door then grasps the man's hand after swinging the door open, "Captain Leon D. Hart of the Lionheart Pirates. We're here to break out the Paper Crane, but there's no reason not to help everyone else too."

Power Blow fail; spend WCP for success.
50 damage to the lock.


HP: 20/20     FP: 8/12     WCP: 6/10
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 50 posts
Wed 9 Dec 2020
at 21:28
  • msg #249

Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony continues his charge down the hallway, stumbling and dodging the bullet out of sheer luck. "Please stop firing, I just don't want to swab the gorram deck! PAPER BOY?!?!"

14 for dodge
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 46 posts
Thu 10 Dec 2020
at 15:09
  • msg #250

Chapter 1: East Blue

Engaging the nearest guards that he had warped next to, Thane spins with his two kukri knives to attack both, "Twin Fang: Nighthawk Whirlwind!"

I am doing non-lethal attacks to the guards. Just trying to incapacitate them. I rolled success for both double strike attacks, and the damage was 12 and 9 respectively.
Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 28 posts
Stoneman and Shipwright
He just hit like two guys
Fri 11 Dec 2020
at 22:47
  • msg #251

Chapter 1: East Blue

Ben shouts back “Your welcome! Please help the others...”as it echoes with his footsteps down the hallway as he continued on at full speed to what’s next
This message was last edited by the player at 22:50, Fri 11 Dec 2020.
Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 29 posts
Stoneman and Shipwright
He just hit like two guys
Sat 12 Dec 2020
at 16:41
  • msg #252

Chapter 1: East Blue

He stops momentarily and shouts back at the squeaky inmate “You wouldn’t happen to be a paper man would you?”
Will of D.
GM, 128 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Sun 13 Dec 2020
at 00:21
  • msg #253

Chapter 1: East Blue

The guards didn’t even seen the attack coming. Thane’s blades slashed through them, both slumping to the ground, guns clattering against the stone floor tiles.

You still have your Empowered Warp going, so you can also teleport through the door, leaving Tony behind!



Tony found himself no longer under fire from the front. But Thane had taken the lead!

You are 16 yd away!



The man nodded in thanks to Leon assisting his escape, and shook his hand firmly.

"You can call me Mr. Ordinary. I am most interested in this Paper Crane myself. Perhaps I can accompany you?"



When Ben stopped to speak to the prisoners, the man with the keys looked confused at the question. He and the other prisoners were garbed in shabby linen rags, filthy with the grime of being unwashed for the duration of their imprisonment. Well, except one prisoner.

Idly resting inside the bars was a spindly man with brilliant white hair. His glasses and oversized coat gave a harmless vibe, but his lazy grin seemed a bit too knowing. Using his hand, he casually adjusted his glasses on his face while he stage-whispered out in a chant:

"A pirate arrives
Do ye seek the Paper Crane?
I know where he is!"


He stopped and stared, clearly waiting for a response from the big rock man.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 63 posts
Sun 13 Dec 2020
at 00:38
  • msg #254

Chapter 1: East Blue

"Very well Mr. Ordinary! I'm racing against my crew and I fear they're all going to beat me!" Leon says with a huge grin and takes off running, "Let's go!"

HP: 20/20     FP: 8/12     WCP: 6/10
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 51 posts
Sun 13 Dec 2020
at 00:41
  • msg #255

Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony continues to run, he wasnt sure he was going the right way, but if he is running with someone, at least they will both be wrong.
Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 30 posts
Stoneman and Shipwright
He just hit like two guys
Sun 13 Dec 2020
at 01:08
  • msg #256

Chapter 1: East Blue

“Really? Well spit it out man, we are breaking you out of here regardless, but time is of the essence!” Ben says still hurried
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 47 posts
Sun 13 Dec 2020
at 01:22
  • msg #257

Chapter 1: East Blue

Feeling the strain that repeated warping was having on him, Thane warps one more time towards solitary, trying to put even more distance between him and Tony so that he would reach their destination first.

I failed my first warp roll, but succeeded my second at a -5 penalty. Also succeeded the body sense roll
This message was last edited by the player at 01:23, Sun 13 Dec 2020.
Will of D.
GM, 129 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Sun 13 Dec 2020
at 03:09
  • msg #258

Chapter 1: East Blue

Me. Ordinary followed Leon to the end of the corridor, and headed up the stairs to the third level.

"What is your interest in this Paper Crane?" he said as they ran.



The prisoner started to follow Ben, saying,
"This one knows the way
If in haste you need to find
The Paper Crane's Cell."


They likewise found a stairwell and began their ascent to the third floor.



Thane strained his powers a bit, but still managed to plow ahead, going straight through several walls, into the center where there stood the solitary confinement cell. It was COMPLETELY EMPTY! It seemed lived-in, but there was nothing inside but a few pieces of origami paper, and a single, folded paper crane.

The navigator likely wondered if this was some elaborate joke. Was that the Paper Crane? Is this some trap?

Returning to the previous door, he found Tony pushing through the doors just as the four pursuing guards rounded the corner behind him and began opening fire. The door slammed shut, bullets riddling the wall beyond.



A few moments later...

Leon and Mr. Ordinary, and Ben and his non-scraggly prisoner, made their way up. The second floor sounded twice as chaotic as the first. Prisoners had begun fighting the few guards there in force, bodies slammed into walls, bullets fired from both sides.

At the third floor, each pair made their way to a corridor, Leon arriving first to find four guards shooting down a hall at a door. He quickly dispatched the guards, who were too focused on the door ahead to see the attacks coming.

Ben arrived a few moments later, having had to round the half the building to reach the same corridor.

The four approached, finding Tony and Thane beyond the door, seemingly empty handed....

Feel free to fill in the blanks.
Most of the guards are occupied by the prison break.

Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 48 posts
Sun 13 Dec 2020
at 03:15
  • msg #259

Chapter 1: East Blue

"Captain, nice of you to finally show up. No one is here. Only thing we found was this paper crane. Also, just so you know, I was here first," Thane says to Leon, seeing Ben round the corner, keeping an eye on the unknown prisoners that had come with his two crewmates.
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 52 posts
Sun 13 Dec 2020
at 03:21
  • msg #260

Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony meets Thane and continues on to see that he had been fighting to get to. "oooo, neat" Tony says as he sees the crane in the solitary cell.
This message was last edited by the player at 03:24, Sun 13 Dec 2020.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 64 posts
Sun 13 Dec 2020
at 03:46
  • msg #261

Chapter 1: East Blue

"What is your interest in this Paper Crane?"

"Breaking someone out of a maximum security Navy prison sounded like it would make an epic story!" Leon says grinning over his shoulder as they run.



Leon arrives to find the cell empty, "I don't get it. Isn't the Paper Crane supposed to be inside the cell? Mr. Livingston you were last here so deck swabbing duties skills be yours except he's not here so that doesn't seem fair..."

He slashes the lock on the Paper Crane's mostly empty cell, "Grab that and see if there's a note or something? Dang, I really wanted to meet this guy..."

Power Blow success.
45 damage to the lock.


HP: 20/20     FP: 8/12     WCP: 6/10
Ori Kami
Origami Loremaster, 2 posts
Sun 13 Dec 2020
at 03:56
  • msg #262

Chapter 1: East Blue

As Leon breaks open the cell with ease, Ori laughs and claps. He slips around to the side opposite the door. With a strange motion, he slips between the bars, somehow folding himself right through them!

He steps up to the paper crane on the ground, waves to the audience, and says,

"Breaking someone out?
Whosoever do you seek
In this iron cage?"


He snaps his fingers, winks at the Captain, and the paper crane on the floor begins flapping.
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 53 posts
Sun 13 Dec 2020
at 04:01
  • msg #263

Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony watches with glee, even going so far as to clap excitedly at what he perceives to be tricks. "can I have that?!"
This message was last edited by the player at 04:02, Sun 13 Dec 2020.
Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 31 posts
Stoneman and Shipwright
He just hit like two guys
Sun 13 Dec 2020
at 04:03
  • msg #264

Chapter 1: East Blue

“ You must be the Paper Crane! I hope that means I don’t have to swab the poop deck anymore...” Ben waits a second and then says “Wait, you could leave whenever you want!?!? Why are you here?”
This message was last edited by the player at 04:09, Sun 13 Dec 2020.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 65 posts
Sun 13 Dec 2020
at 04:07
  • msg #265

Chapter 1: East Blue

"Wait... You're the Paper Crane?" Leon says trying to comprehend what's happening, "That means Ben found you first even though he was last getting to the cell... So who's gonna swab the deck for a week then?"

"By the way, your powers are super cool!" Leon says turning back to the sharp dressed man, "But if you could escape any time why were you hanging around? Not that this hasn't been fun."

"Seriously though, who should be swabbing the deck!?"
Ori Kami
Origami Loremaster, 3 posts
Sun 13 Dec 2020
at 04:33
  • msg #266

Chapter 1: East Blue

Ori takes a bow at Leon's compliment. The paper crane begins to actually flitter about the cell. He pauses at the query, quite puzzled. He answers,

"A pebble's ripple
It cannot be heard against
A boulder's splatter."


He cups a hand behind his ear and gestures all around at the noise of the prison break, as if that completely explains everything.
Will of D.
GM, 130 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Sun 13 Dec 2020
at 05:44
  • msg #267

Chapter 1: East Blue

Mr. Ordinary stood back for a few moments, observing carefully. Suddenly he nodded as if satisfied. He stepped up to Ori and reached a hand into his throat, pulling out an elaborate, and somehow perfectly in tact origami. It was exquisitely complex, the form something akin to a dagger wreathed in flames. But it was made entirely of folded paper.

He held the origami flaming dagger out hilt first toward Ori with a smile, then walked away without a word. Although the paper was sodden with the man’s saliva, somehow it seemed untarnished by it, and it appeared to hold its shape as good as if it were completely dry and freshly folded.

[Private to Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston: Ben knew that this must be folded from paper made from Spirit Wood. No other paper could have this exceptional quality. When unfolded, the creases will vanish as if never there.][Private to Ori Kami: The origami is a message, as you unfold it: "The masters are greatly pleased with your ruse. Keep it up, but otherwise do as you wish. These pirates will make the perfect cover."]
This message was last edited by the GM at 14:40, Sun 13 Dec 2020.
Ori Kami
Origami Loremaster, 4 posts
Mon 14 Dec 2020
at 19:12
  • msg #268

Chapter 1: East Blue

His face carefully controlled to mask the exasperation, Ori calmly takes the proffered origami dagger. A quick shake alleviates the paper of most of the saliva. With the quick dexterity of long practice, Ori begins to unfold the dagger.

The unfolding process still takes time with the intricacies of the flames. Ori turns it into almost a performance, and anyone watching closely notices that the paper takes on a strange appearance after being unfolded. Instead of having sharp creases where the folds were, this paper seems to be going back to a completely flat surface. The dagger unfolded yields a perfectly square piece of paper without any trace of the pattern it once was.

Ori nods and says,

"A Spirit Tree's gifts
Paper with no memory
Splendid for folding."

Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 54 posts
Tue 15 Dec 2020
at 03:59
  • msg #269

Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony's pupils suddenly cover his whole Irises and he chases after the paper crane, chasing it around the room, completely missing the whole dagger exchange.
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 49 posts
Thu 17 Dec 2020
at 13:44
  • msg #270

Chapter 1: East Blue

"So, not sure what any of that was about, but I think this is the guy we were looking for so," Thane pauses, "What now?"
Ori Kami
Origami Loremaster, 5 posts
Thu 17 Dec 2020
at 17:03
  • msg #271

Chapter 1: East Blue

Ori calmly replies to Thane,

"Blue waters beckon
Open skies, raise the anchor!
Hope awaits outside"

Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 66 posts
Thu 17 Dec 2020
at 17:54
  • msg #272

Chapter 1: East Blue

Leon's face contorts in concentration for a moment then his smile returns and he carefully enunciates,

"It's Paper Crane right?
Your skills are well proven now.
Would you join my crew?"

Ori Kami
Origami Loremaster, 6 posts
Thu 17 Dec 2020
at 18:44
  • msg #273

Chapter 1: East Blue

Ori politely gives a short bow after the haiku. He replies,

"I am he you seek
Friends call me Ori Kami
I will join your crew"

Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 67 posts
Thu 17 Dec 2020
at 19:43
  • msg #274

Chapter 1: East Blue

"Excellent!" Leon grins and turns so he's facing the entire crew, "Lionheart Pirates! I have no idea who won the contest so the chore schedule will remain unaffected, though with a new member in the rotation everyone will get a little relief I suppose. Great job infiltrating and giving the marines what for!"

"We came in separately, but we will be exiting as a unit. Everyone stick together and make sure we all get to the ship in one piece. Thane scout ahead as needed, I'll lead and Ben take up the rear." Leon says, "Assist any other prisoners to cause more mayhem to cover our escape if you like, but we aren't taking any more applications at this time."

"Expect heavy resistance on exit, because Ben and I sent a marine to specifically request it. Now move out!"
Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 32 posts
Stoneman and Shipwright
He just hit like two guys
Thu 17 Dec 2020
at 20:01
  • msg #275

Chapter 1: East Blue

Ben looks to the others shrugs and says“Well it seemed unfair. They were quite weak. By the way, My name is Ebenezer Livingstone, pleasure to meet you Mr Crane. Most call me Ben, though. I can’t help but notice the astounding quality of that paper you are using, where did you find it? Or should I call you Kami?”
This message was last edited by the player at 20:17, Thu 17 Dec 2020.
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 55 posts
Thu 17 Dec 2020
at 20:03
  • msg #276

Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony continues to chase the crane, his eyes on the prize, hearing nothing being said. "you will be mine" he mumbles and then... POUNCE!

11 to pounce using FIST! 6 to DX save from crushing
This message was last edited by the player at 22:06, Thu 17 Dec 2020.
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 50 posts
Thu 17 Dec 2020
at 20:14
  • msg #277

Chapter 1: East Blue

"I can scout ahead, Captain. Let's get a move on!" Thane says, realizing they were deep inside a Navy prison, and wanting to get back out onto the open seas.
Ori Kami
Origami Loremaster, 7 posts
Thu 17 Dec 2020
at 22:24
  • msg #278

Chapter 1: East Blue

Chanting back to Ben, Ori shrugs and says:

"Most call me Ben though
Special paper, gifted branch
Secret of the Crane"


As the Captain prepares to leave, Ori holds up a single finger and asks:

"Captain, if I may?
Suggestion for the mayhem
Would you like to fly?"


Between the second and third lines Ori gets a devilish grin and holds up a sheet of paper.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 68 posts
Thu 17 Dec 2020
at 23:19
  • msg #279

Chapter 1: East Blue

"You can make me fly?" Leon asks with a grin equally as devilish, "Hell yeah I want to fly! This is gonna be EPIC!"

"Big Brother, pay attention. It's time to escape and the Paper Crane is going to make me fly!" Leon says clapping his hands to bring Tony back to reality, "As soon as the Paper Crane is done we move. Ori, you give the signal."
Ori Kami
Origami Loremaster, 8 posts
Fri 18 Dec 2020
at 20:45
  • msg #280

Chapter 1: East Blue

Ori concentrates for but a second. His hands turn into a blur, and paper fills the air. What forms is a square base with four spikes sticking out. Leaning forward, Ori gently places the construction on Leo's shoulder blades. It attaches itself using a series of paper belts with a clasp on the front, and then it sprouts wings from each spike. The wings begin to blur into motion and easily lift Leon into the air, like a dragonfly!

Ori cautions:

"Three minute lifespan
Then these wings shall fall apart
Do not fly too high"


12:32, Today: Ori Kami rolled 10 using 3d6.  IQ+Paper Talent = 18.

HP: 10/10     FP: 12/12     Paper: 17/20
Will of D.
GM, 133 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Sat 19 Dec 2020
at 21:33
  • msg #281

Chapter 1: East Blue

The Lionheart Pirates made their way up to the roof, following Thane’s directions. Strangely, none of the guards Thane had charged past and evaded by Warping were present. The hallways, offices, stairwells, and roof were eerily vacant. There were, of course, other ways to descend and exit, but that they had all done so, and by avoiding the intruders, was... odd.

There were several ships scattered around the prison, one of which was Navy. Two other ships bore the familiar Jolly Roger of the Demonslayer Pirates, a devil skull with a giant X through it. Another had a Jolly Roger with a white feline skull.

The shore and bridge were as war zone, the Navy reinforcements fighting the prisoners, pirates fighting marines. Cannon fire flashed from the ships, some targeting each other, others aimed at the top of the prison! The shot went wide, sailing overhead and exploding on the shore across from the prison.

Alright guys, which way you wanna go? :D
Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 33 posts
Stoneman and Shipwright
He just hit like two guys
Sat 19 Dec 2020
at 22:26
  • msg #282

Chapter 1: East Blue

Ben looks around says “Does anyone see or have a rope we can use?”, searching for a flag mast on top of the prison or any such thing that would have a rope. He stops and looks at the Paperman and says “Or Ori, can you make wings for all of us?”
This message was last edited by the player at 23:02, Sat 19 Dec 2020.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 69 posts
Sun 20 Dec 2020
at 01:34
  • msg #283

Chapter 1: East Blue

"Great idea!" Leon grins like the mad man he is and quickly cuts the rope and Navy flag down from the pole on top of the prison. He rips off the flag and tosses it to one of the crew, "I'll set this rope up as zipline. Cut up that flag up so you have something to slide down with!"

He fastens one end of the rope to the fortress and the other to the hilt of his katana them takes off at a run. With the tip of his sword aimed straight ahead, he dives headfirst with his paper wings tucked tight tight to his body. He picks up speed over the five story fall, then spreads his wings at the last minute to arrest his fall, burying his katana up to the hilt in one of the bridge supports.

"COME ON MEN! WE'RE MISSING ALL THE ACTION!"

Pirate! (Knot Tying) success!
Katana! success!


HP: 20/20     FP: 8/12     WCP: 6/10
This message was last edited by the player at 01:58, Sun 20 Dec 2020.
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 51 posts
Sun 20 Dec 2020
at 01:45
  • msg #284

Chapter 1: East Blue

Thane quickly slices up the flag with his knives into usable strips. He then takes one and jumps on the zip line, following his captain.

I rolled a 7 for whatever roll I need to do to zip down. It says "Body Sense" because I never refreshed the page from the last time I used the die roller.
This message was last edited by the player at 01:51, Sun 20 Dec 2020.
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 56 posts
Sun 20 Dec 2020
at 21:20
  • msg #285

Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony follows, grabs the shreds and puts the tiny crane gingerly in a pouch at his side. "I'm coming little brother!" He jumps and slides down to the fray.

13 to the roll, will use a point is needed.
Ori Kami
Origami Loremaster, 9 posts
Tue 22 Dec 2020
at 16:15
  • msg #286

Chapter 1: East Blue

Ori begins to respond to Ben:

"Wings for all indeed"

Before he can complete his haiku, Leon has already run off with the zipline. Ori just shrugs and finishes his origami. The square base forms just as quickly as before, and then he finishes a different haiku.

"Into battle marching forth
With a dragon's wings!"


He places the paper on his back and sprouts dragonfly wings, just like Leon. Ori jumps off the roof to join the others, flying beside the zipline.

08:11, Today: Ori Kami rolled 12 using 3d6.  IQ+Paper Talent = 18.


HP: 10/10     FP: 12/12     Paper: 16/20
Will of D.
GM, 135 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Tue 22 Dec 2020
at 17:46
  • msg #287

Chapter 1: East Blue

The battle below raged on, pirates on pirate, pirate on marine, all in a chaotic storm of swords and fists, gunpowder and screams.

When Leon landed, planting the rope with his sword, heads turned and eyes rose.

Someone called out, "That’s the bastard!"

Others cried, "Who?"

"That bastard stole our ship!"

Some of the pirates broke away, charging toward Leon with blades bared.

The rest of the Lionheart crew landed a moment later, forming up in a small cluster against the incoming wave of pirates.

Before the two sides collided, a wall of nets appeared over the top of the front line, sailing toward the Lionhearts from the outstretched hands of the second wave.

Every defend against incoming nets! The first wave will be in melee range next round, or you can charge out to meet them.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 70 posts
Tue 22 Dec 2020
at 20:26
  • msg #288

Chapter 1: East Blue

Once all his crew has safely landed Leon pulls his katana from it's embedded position and slashes through a net coming down at him, "Leon D. Hart and the Lionheart Pirates, that's who!!!"

"LIGHTNING STRIKES!"

Leon's sword is a blur as it strikes down four of the charging foes in an instant.

Fast Draw success.
Parry Critical Success!
Katana! ×4 rapid. 3 successes and one fail, spend 1 WCP for success.
26, 19, 22, & 26 cutting damage.


HP: 20/20     FP: 8/12     WCP: 5/10
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 52 posts
Wed 23 Dec 2020
at 02:27
  • msg #289

Chapter 1: East Blue

Thane instinctually considered warping to dodge, but felt a twinge of the strain from the warping he did into the prison, and decides to conventionally defend against the nets. Using his dual kukri knives, Thane parries the nets. Quickly sheathing his kukri knives, Thane draws out four throwing knives per hand, sending them into the oncoming pirates, "Fangs of the Wolfpack: Howling Barrage!"

I rolled success for my parry, success to sheathe my kukris, fail by 1 for my fast draw for my throwing knives (use 1 WP) for one hand (15 when needed a 14), but critical success for the other (3). Succeeded 6/8 attacks for throwing knives (12 for success, rolled 11,9,11,8,13,13,9,11), but I will use 2 WPs to make all 8 successes. Damage for throwing knives: 9,11,6,8,8,10,6,7

WP: 3/6

Let me know if I did anything wrong

Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 57 posts
Wed 23 Dec 2020
at 04:23
  • msg #290

Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony inhales deeply, pulling in as much oxygen as he could and quickly lighting his lighter he sprays a cone of flame forward into the crowd. "FALMING MOE!!!"

14 to hit. 16 damage

SP 11
This message was last edited by the player at 14:27, Wed 23 Dec 2020.
Ori Kami
Origami Loremaster, 10 posts
Mon 28 Dec 2020
at 20:26
  • msg #291

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Ori calmly retreats upward out of the way of the incoming net. He then waits for his allies to attack, and then throws a single paper shuriken at one of the remaining foes.

He whispers:

"Above all quiet
Cutting death, flying paper
Embrace your ending."


Successful Dodge. Success by 16 in case of range penalties on the attack. 16 cut damage if it fails to defend.

HP: 10/10     FP: 12/12     Paper: 16/20
Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 34 posts
Stoneman and Shipwright
He just hit like two guys
Tue 29 Dec 2020
at 15:39
  • msg #292

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Ben sees the nets and parries with Mastodon and then moves over to wallop the closest three minions. “SPLINTER STRIKE!!!”

Parries the net with Mastodon, the strikes the closest minions for 20, 31, 25 respectively
Will of D.
GM, 136 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Tue 29 Dec 2020
at 17:58
  • msg #293

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Leon slashed through every enemy within reach, blood spraying in a wave around him as they screamed and fell at his feet, groaning through glazed white eyes.

Ben sent the first three that came at him flying back into the crowd, toppling the row behind them.

Thane sent a shower of knives in a cone in front of him, each blade planting in the chest of another pirate.

Ori sent a paper shuriken straight through the gut of one pirate charging toward his position.

The entire wave of pirates slowed, but in a flash of precision, they continued charging.

Tony got his lighter out and unleashed a huge cone of sake-powered fire. The second wave of pirates burst into flames, panicking and thrashing, which slowed the charge of the rest of the pirates. There were still dozens of enemies coming, but they were tripping over their fallen, rolling on the ground to put out the flames, or running around like a madman as they burned.

"CALICO PIRATES RETREAT! CAPTAIN JACK HAS BEEN FREED!" someone yelled over the chaos. "TO THE SHIP. THE SHIP NOW!"

Handfuls of pirates across the field began disengaging, charging toward the ship with the skeletal feline for a Jolly Roger. It seemed to grin.

"STOP THEM!" called a Navy officer. The Navy ship turned its cannons on the pirates’ ship.

BOOM! cannon fire erupted from the Calico ship, multiple cannons firing. Some aimed at the Navy, others blasting the largest mobs of non-Calico’s, trying to give the rest of their crew a chance to flee. One cannonball came sailing directly toward the Lionhearts’ line!

Everyone must Dodge and Drop (dive for cover), or get caught in the blast! A direct hit will do 80 crushing damage, but the explosion does damage based on how close you are to the center:
DistanceDamage
direct hit42 cr
< 1 yd21 cr
1 yd7 cr
2 yd3 cr
3 yd2 cr
4-7 yd1 cr
8+ yd0 damage
When you dodge, if you successfully dive for cover, you take no damage, but you’ll be prone and behind cover (a rock outcropping or some such). If you fail, roll 1d6 to see how far in yards from the blast you were able to get despite not making it to cover. If you critically fail, you get hit directly!
Alternatively if someone wants to be a hero and try to parry the thing, you’ll need a Precognitive Parry roll (no penalty) as well as a successful Parry at -5 to avoid setting off the explosive by accident. If you succeed, be heroic and cinematic in your description. First come first serve if you wanna try it!

Other than that, there isn’t a line in melee range anymore, so you’ll have to charge up to attack, or attack at range.

Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 71 posts
Tue 29 Dec 2020
at 22:57
  • msg #294

Chapter 1: East Blue

The cannons sound and Leon's normally crazy grin stretches to maniacal proportions as he steps in front of his crew, "Are we dodging cannon fire or is cannon fire dodging us?"

"SPLITTING HAIRS!"


Leon swings his katana with as much strength and precision as he can muster, his swing follows the momentum of the cannonball around. He stops on one knee facing his crew, sword pointing up over their heads, then the front of the jail explodes.

Leon leaps back to his feet and points his katana at the enemy, "Lionheart Pirates! CHARGE!"

Precog Parry success.
Parry success.
Intimidation success by 8!


HP: 20/20     FP: 8/12     WCP: 5/10
This message was last edited by the player at 23:01, Tue 29 Dec 2020.
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 58 posts
Wed 30 Dec 2020
at 01:52
  • msg #295

Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony watches his brother and doesnt even flinch or stare at the explosion, knowing his brother wouldnt let him down. He dashes to Leon and rubs his face against Leon's and cheers "Well done Brother!" Tony laughs, feeling the heat against his fur, then his face turns serious "My turn" he quickly throws a burning sphere toward the Demonslayer Pirates "SAKE BOMB!!!" .

12 to Sake Bomb will spend a point to hit, 23 burn damage

HP: 11  SP: 8/10  WCP: 8/10
This message was last edited by the player at 02:00, Wed 30 Dec 2020.
Ori Kami
Origami Loremaster, 11 posts
Tue 5 Jan 2021
at 17:35
  • msg #296

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

The explosion at the front of the jail stirs emotions within Ori. His plan had gone even better than expected by finding this group of pirates. He moves forward and throws another paper shuriken at the biggest enemy.

He says:

"Meant to hold and keep
Freedom beckons, open now
No chains shall hold us."


Move and attack. Fail on attack, but I'll spend a destiny point for success. 24 cut damage at whatever the biggest foe ahead of us is.

HP: 10/10     FP: 12/12     Paper: 15/20
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 53 posts
Wed 6 Jan 2021
at 04:01
  • msg #297

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Upon hearing his captain yell to charge, Thane draws his twin kukris and charges toward the nearest enemy, "Twin Fang: Pantera Slash!"

Rolled success for fast draw and double strike attacks. Damage was 13+13=26 total.
Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 35 posts
Stoneman and Shipwright
Stoney Pidgeon man
Thu 7 Jan 2021
at 23:44
  • msg #298

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Ben finds the closest three and with a mighty backswing of his faithful Mastodon hits two more minions into the air, and grazing one as he narrowly avoids the blow.
“HARD STARBOARD!!!!”

Two successes with multi attack, giving 28 and 23 damage
Will of D.
GM, 138 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Fri 8 Jan 2021
at 19:12
  • msg #299

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

The front of the jail fell outward, those prisoners which remained inside shoving the rubble aside to climb out, some scaling down the shattered walls.

The massive pile of pirates looked up at Leon, at first in awe that he may have saved their lives, and then in terror as he bellowed the command to advance. Most who remained standing spun on their heels and sprinted away. Those on the ground covered their heads and cowered in the fetal position.

"DEMONSLAYER PIRATES, RETREAT!" someone yelled from past the chaotic crowd before the Lionhearts. Most had already been doing so, and the words merely gave them a jolt of haste. Some either didn’t hear or were to enraged to listen.

Thane darted forward, ripping through a pair of adjacent pirates.

Ori stayed back, hurling another paper shuriken through the stomach of a third pirate that was trying to flank Thane.

Ben sent two more flying back into their fleeing comrades.

And then Tony through an enormous ball of flaming alcohol over the heads of his allies and into the huge collection of enemy pirates. The flames erupted, setting most of them aflame. Any remaining fled toward water or dropped to roll out the flames.

In the wake of the fleeing pirates stood five men, taller by a head then their allies, and bearing matching tattoos on their right bicep matching the Dremonslayer Jolly Roger. Each wore matching steel vambraces and spun an iron staff in their hands, grinning with glee.

As if on command, they sprung into motion in unison, each charging toward one of the Lionhearts!

Everyone defend at -2, or take damage as follows:
  • Leon: critical hit for 16 crushing damage!
  • Thane: 16 crushing damage.
  • Tony: 13 crushing damage.
  • Ben: 15 crushing damage.
  • Ori is targeted by a net! If you fail to defend, you’re entangled!
You wouldn’t know this IC, but each weapon is made with some Seastone, meaning any Devilfruit powers don’t help!

This message was last edited by the GM at 20:18, Fri 08 Jan 2021.
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 59 posts
Sun 10 Jan 2021
at 01:25
  • msg #300

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony sees one advance at him and and readies himself while he lists side to side drunkenly. He rolls to the side of the man and slashes at the mans calf, injecting alcohol as he rolls. "DECEPTIVE DRINKING" .

9 to dodge (can use point to succeed), 13 claw attack for 19 damage and 11BAC

HP: 11  SP: 6/10  WCP: 8/10
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 72 posts
Tue 12 Jan 2021
at 02:05
  • msg #301

Chapter 1: East Blue

Leon bellows out laughter as he meets the incoming attack with his sword, "Now this is EPIC!"

Seeing that his crew faces skills opponents he decides to go all out so he will be able to help them right away; his katana crackles with the electro energy of the Mink people as he prepares to attack. He leaps into the air catching himself on his paper wings. His blade is a blur as he feints a strike high at the Demonslayer's neck then at the least second slashes down across the pirate's torso instead.

"WISE SERPENT STRIKE!"

-2 WCP; Parry success by 9.
Should be a step into the air to gain a height advantage on the enemy.
Katana! Feint 22-3(rapid)=19, success by 12!
Katana! 22-3(rapid)-6(deceptive)=13. Success by 1; -3 to defend.
27 Cutting damage plus 26 Electro Damage.


HP: 20/20     FP: 8/12     WCP: 3/10
This message was last edited by the player at 04:04, Wed 13 Jan 2021.
Ori Kami
Origami Loremaster, 12 posts
Wed 13 Jan 2021
at 00:49
  • msg #302

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Bending in an entirely unnatural manner, Ori folds himself easily out of the path of the net. He sniffs delicately at the attempt.

He drops back down just a few yards above his foe and strikes his best orator pose in midair:

"One pirate challenge?
Thine ego exceeds your skill.
Paper Wrath descends."


With hands moving almost too quickly to see, Ori throws a paper shuriken at a random point during his haiku hoping to surprise his opponent.

Successful Dodge by 4. Step to descend to 2 yards height.
Paper Shuriken IA 26-2(Range)-10(Deceptive)=14
Deceptive Attack success by 7. Enemy pirate defends at -5 or takes 26 cut to a random hit location.


HP: 10/10     FP: 12/12     Paper: 14/20
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 54 posts
Wed 13 Jan 2021
at 00:58
  • msg #303

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Thane barely defends the incoming attack, and then proceeds to attack the nearest enemies, spinning in a tight circle with his two kukri knives: "Twin Fang: Nighthawk Whirlwind!"

Use 1 WP to succeed for defend (failed by 1). Rolled success on double strike attacks. 14 and 15 for the damage respectively.

2/6 WP

Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 36 posts
Stoneman and Shipwright
Stoney Pidgeon man
Wed 13 Jan 2021
at 15:30
  • msg #304

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Ben, blocks the incoming attack almost by chance as he lifts Mastedon to strike. The blow glances off edge of Mastedon as he swiftly yet skillfully brings it behind his head and comes down on his assailant’s head
“BONE CRUSHER!!!”

Defense made by 1,  attack hits by 1, single strike 30 damage.
Will of D.
GM, 139 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Mon 18 Jan 2021
at 18:54
  • msg #305

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony ducked out of the way, stepping in and slashing at his attacker. The moved back a step and his staff caught the attack squarely. He grinned and spun the staff again, dancing from side to side as he made another quick strike.

He succeeded his Parry.
Defend at -2, or take 10 cr damage; your Injury Tolerance has no effect!


Leon deflected the staff, then followed through with a quick feint and attack, leaving his opponent’s defenses wide open. The blade connected flesh, which immediately sizzled as the Mink’s Electro fried his body. He was left a charred bloody mess, the staff clanking to the ground as he fell over, eyes glazed to white.

Ori bent out of the way like a folding piece of paper. He drew closer, hurling another paper shuriken. The man scrambled to grab his staff, but couldn’t get it into his hands before the paper sliced into his stomach. His eyes rolled back into his head before he collapsed.

Thane’s avoided the assault, repaying with a dual kurki strike of his own. The man stepped away, easily deflected both attacks. He used the same rapid attack pattern as before, trying to beat through his target’s defense with pure speed.

He succeeded both parries.
Defend at -2, or take 16 cr damage!


Ben avoided the attack, and swung Mastodon with the force of a small cannon. The man raised the staff in time to deflect the blow, the metal giving way slightly under the weight of the blow. It didn’t break, but it was clear to the man and Ben that it very well might have. The pirate’s eyes widened for a moment, then hardened as he moved back in for another attack.

Successful parry. He did have to roll for weapon breakage. :)
Defend at -2, or take 13 cr damage.

Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 73 posts
Mon 18 Jan 2021
at 19:38
  • msg #306

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Leon flicks the blood from his katana and sheathes it as he surveys the rest of his crew, he grins as Ori's adversary falls and claps, "Masterful strike!"

He sits cross-legged amidst the raging battle and indicates a spot next to him for Ori, "Your skills are EPIC and I'm pleased to have you join my crew. I am curious though, why do you do what you do? And why join us?"
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 55 posts
Tue 19 Jan 2021
at 01:42
  • msg #307

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Surprised to see his attacks parried, Thane barely responds in time with a parry of his own. Deciding to put additional pressure on his opponent than just one attack per kukri, Thane decides to unleash the new attack he had been working on while on the open seas. He slashes with both kukri knives from right to left, quickly switching the direction of the kukri in his right hand and slashing left again with it: "Twin Fang: Pantera Eclipse."

Success by 0 for parry. Successes on 3 Rapid Strike attacks. Damage 10, 14, and 12 respectively.
Ori Kami
Origami Loremaster, 13 posts
Tue 19 Jan 2021
at 04:24
  • msg #308

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Ori politely nods in response to Leon's praise. He drops to the ground next to Leon and says in response with emphatic gestures:

"History belongs
Not to the corrupt dragons
I seek out the truth

He who stands alone
One ripple upon the sea
Waves toss him about

Comrades now chosen
Stand fast, fix their legacy
Breaking waves apart"


HP: 10/10     FP: 12/12     Paper: 14/20
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 60 posts
Fri 22 Jan 2021
at 13:23
  • msg #309

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony rolls away and his attack misses by centimeters, as he comes up in a football stance, he roars "Great hit Leon!!!" and lunges at his attacker, claws fully extended, electro shock building inside him "DRUNK STUMBLES RECKLESSLY!" .

9 to dodge, will burn a point to succeed. A 3 to attack. 19 claw damage, 7 electro, 11 on crit table

HP: 11  SP: 6/10  WCP: 7/10
This message was last edited by the player at 13:34, Fri 22 Jan 2021.
Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 37 posts
Stoneman and Shipwright
Stoney Pidgeon man
Mon 25 Jan 2021
at 21:37
  • msg #310

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Ben lifts Mastodon again to take another swing. He sees the incoming blow and he quickly uses Mastodon to deflect the blow and with one motion comes down with full the full weight on his enemy.
“B.C. Retribution!!!”

Ben gets a successful parry, and success on hit. Deals 28 damage

HP: 20
This message was last edited by the player at 00:33, Tue 26 Jan 2021.
Will of D.
GM, 141 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Tue 26 Jan 2021
at 14:59
  • msg #311

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony narrowly avoided the attack, but saw an opening. His claws sizzled with an electric buzz as he plunged it into the man’s stomach. He flickered as the Electro burned his flesh, and Tony ripped free his claws with a spray of blood. The man fell to his knees, staff clanging to the ground, rattling to silence just as he feel face first into a puddle of his own blood.

Thane struck in rapid succession, wearing down the man’s defenses. He stepped back, batting aside the first to blows. The third took him in the ribs. He cried out as he fell, clutching his side.

Ben kept his target at bay. The pirate did not try to parry the next swing, not wanting to have his weapon shattered by the massive club. But he wasn’t quick enough to step out of the way, and Mastodon ended any thought that he currently had about winning—any thought at all, in fact. The man went flying backwards, skidding to a stop amidst other fallen fighters.

As the last man fell, a figure pressed his way through the bout toward the Lionhearts. He wore a deep red trench coat and dark leather boots. Slung at each hip was an oversized pistol, and over his shoulder was a huge sword, the crossguard and hilt like bones with a horned skull where the blade met the guard. His hair was pure white, and his eyes almost glowed red.

He kicked and punched random passersby, shoving some to the ground as he made his way across the field. He whipped pistols out in a flash to gun down a group of marines, then reslung them in a flash as he marched casually forward. Reaching the Lionhearts, he drew his sword and took a fighting stance.

"You are mine, little demons," he said.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 74 posts
Tue 26 Jan 2021
at 16:11
  • msg #312

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

"Thank you for sharing. I'm glad you decided to join us " Leon nods to Ori and stands up, "However, we should really be going."

"Good work men! One more troublesome adversary and we'll be back at sea!" Leon congratulates his companions with a small round of applause as he strides towards the Demonslayer, "Greetings! I am Captain Leon D. Hart. You must be one of the captains in the Demonslayer fleet?"

"The little demons are my crew and you'll have to get through me first." He declares drawing out his katana and facing the other pirate.
This message had punctuation tweaked by the player at 17:26, Tue 26 Jan 2021.
Will of D.
GM, 142 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Tue 26 Jan 2021
at 17:28
  • msg #313

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

"You are a demon, too, Lion-man," said the man, running his long blade along his tongue with a wicked smile. "I am Captain Redgrave of the Demonslayer Pirates. The God of the Sea has rightly cursed all of you for your allegiance with the Sea Devil. You are a blight on the seas, and we will wipe every last demon from the face of the planet!"

He swiped back and forth, as if testing the weight of his sword, the smile never fading. "And I will enjoy it."

With that he vanished, appearing directly behind Ori.

"You will watch helplessly as your crew perishes before your eyes," he said, slashing repeatedly at the man. "Then you will die last."

Ori can defend three times at -5, or take 17, 15, and 18 cutting damage.
Ori Kami
Origami Loremaster, 14 posts
Tue 26 Jan 2021
at 21:24
  • msg #314

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Hovering alongside Leon, Ori is acutely aware of the man vanishing. He senses a presence behind him in enough time to retreat upward and partially rotate toward the threat in a frenzied blur of action. Seeming to fold entirely in half horizontally, then vertically, and finally at a diagonal he manages to dodge all 3 sword strikes.

13:15, Today: Ori Kami rolled 3,8,15 using 3d6,3d6,3d6.  Upward Feverish Retreat Dodge 15+2+4-5=16.

Delicately, he pushes his glasses back on his face and says:

"Striking from behind
Speak of demons, your tactics
Become one yourself"


Ori flies up further into the sky and throws another shuriken at the new threat.

13:22, Today: Ori Kami rolled 8,16 using 3d6,6d6.  Origami Shuriken IA 20-2(Range)-6(Deceptive), 6d cut.
Redgrave defends at -3 or takes 16 cut.


HP: 10/10     FP:9/12     Paper: 13/20
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 75 posts
Tue 26 Jan 2021
at 23:27
  • msg #315

Chapter 1: East Blue

Leon's face flashes with fury at the treacherous attack and he shouts, "Lionheart Pirates attack as one!"

He lunges at Redgrave, striking three of his best blows at the honorless pirate.

"GREASED LIGHTNING STRIKES!"

Katana! 22-6(rapid)-12(deceptive)=4. So fail, -3WCP.
29, 33, & 25 Cutting damage plus 18, 21,& 13 Electro Damage.


HP: 20/20     FP: 8/12     WCP: 0/10
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 61 posts
Sat 30 Jan 2021
at 16:05
  • msg #316

Chapter 1: East Blue

"Well done Stone Man!!!" Tony cheers as he sees his ally Whak-A-Mole a foe to his demise. Then he watches the interaction with this new foe and when his brother says attack, Tony does just that. "BLINDINGLY DRUNK!" he yells as he shoots a jet of alcohol at the man's face.

13 to hit his face

HP: 11  SP: 6/10  WCP: 7/10
This message was last edited by the player at 16:06, Sat 30 Jan 2021.
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 56 posts
Sat 30 Jan 2021
at 19:51
  • msg #317

Chapter 1: East Blue

Deciding to support his captain from a distance, Thane sheathes his kukri knives, replacing them with 4 throwing knives in each hand. Focusing on the lone target before him, Thane slips in the knives in between the attacks of his allies: "Fangs of the Wolf Pack: Howling Barrage!"



Failed one switch grip by 1, 1 WP to succeed, but success for other switch grip and sheathe of kukri knives (15 for success and rolled one 16). Success for both fast draw of 4 throwing knives per hand (14 for success and rolled 11,12 respectively). Rolled successes for all throwing knives (14 for success and rolled 10,11,13,10,14,11,7,8). Rolled damage as follows: 9,9,6,11,10,9,8,8 for a total of 70 damage (is that right? Seems like a lot).

WP: 1/6

Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 38 posts
Stoneman and Shipwright
Stoney Pidgeon man
Wed 3 Feb 2021
at 11:57
  • msg #318

Chapter 1: East Blue

“ Merci, mon ami ivre!”As he turns he hears to deliver his response, he hears Leon command an attack and  sees Tony ready to rain upon his  sudden enemy. He turns and steps close enough to be upon the pirate’s open side and taking the opportunity to come down upon him with the full force of Mastodon

Strong attack hits at 8, and deal 33 damage (+4)
This message was last edited by the player at 12:20, Wed 03 Feb 2021.
Will of D.
GM, 144 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Wed 3 Feb 2021
at 18:42
  • msg #319

Chapter 1: East Blue

Redgrave deflected the paper shuriken aside with a casual swish of his blade. He shifted his head slightly, allowing Tony’s stream of alcohol to pass just next to him. As Ben swung Mastodon, he shifted his stance for the first time, catching the heavy blow with his blade. At Leon’s onrush of strikes, he finally appeared to focus. He stepped back, putting two hands to the sword as he moved to parry one, two, then the third strike finally connected.

Leon’s blade rang as if having struck solid steel. The Electro zapped Redgrave, and the blade came away wet, though not with as much blood as he had expected.

Thane’s flurry of daggers nearly caught Redgrave by surprise, and he instinctively vanished, appearing adjacent to where he had been. He tried moving out of the way of the rest, one at a time, but most of them hit with an audible clink, bouncing off his chest like off an iron wall.

Redgrave smiled wickedly.

"It had been some time since I’ve tasted my own blood," he said. "You are to be commended."

He vanished again, appearing this time behind Thane, his sword flashing as he struck. Defend 3 times at -2, or take 17, 15, and 10 cutting damage.
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 62 posts
Sun 7 Feb 2021
at 19:11
  • msg #320

Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony roars and leaps that the man, claws outstretched, buzzing with electric pressure. "Shocking scratch!" .


14 to hit, can use points to make it hit. 17 points of claw damage.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 76 posts
Wed 10 Feb 2021
at 05:18
  • msg #321

Chapter 1: East Blue

Leon lunges and intercepts all the strikes aimed at his crewman then follows up with a pair of strikes of his own, the first a feint, the second a killing blow.

"WISE SERPENT STRIKES!"

Three parries succeed for Thane.
Katana feint 22-3(Rapid)=19, success by 9.
Katana attack 22-3(Rapid)-4(Deceptive)=15, success by 7
27 Cutting damage plus 17 Electro Damage.


HP: 20/20     FP: 8/12     WCP: 0/10
Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 39 posts
Stoneman and Shipwright
Stoney Pidgeon man
Wed 10 Feb 2021
at 10:22
  • msg #322

Chapter 1: East Blue

Ben steps to the aside and with a spinning back swing with a surprising amount of grace and technique makes a swift rising strike
“TANGLED STRIKE!”

Ben attacks with a deceptive strike for -2 to defend, success by one. Deals 28 damage
This message was last edited by the player at 10:26, Wed 10 Feb 2021.
Ori Kami
Origami Loremaster, 15 posts
Thu 11 Feb 2021
at 05:12
  • msg #323

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Ori is relieved to no longer be the target of the attack, but worries for his comrade. He throws another deceptively fast shuriken hoping to help end the threat.

"Copper sensation
Reddened lips, soon gushing blood
Your fate is wagered"



21:09, Today: Ori Kami rolled 8,25 using 3d6,6d6.  Origami Shuriken IA 20-2(Range)-6(Deceptive), 6d cut.
Redgrave defends at -3 or takes 25 cut.


HP: 10/10     FP:9/12     Paper: 12/20
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 57 posts
Fri 12 Feb 2021
at 20:11
  • msg #324

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Caught off guard by the sudden attack, Thane barely drew his kukris as Leon defends the strikes meant for him. Snapping back into focus, Thane moves to the side to find an opening, and then darts in with twisting slashes of his kukri knives: "Twin Fang: Kitsune Swipe".

Rolled success on fast draw of kukris, 7,10. Failed all parry attempt, 13,15,13. Rolled success on double strike attacks at -4 for deceptive (6,14). Rolled 12 and 13 respectively for damage (Total 25). Redgrave defends at -2.
Will of D.
GM, 146 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Sat 13 Feb 2021
at 06:50
  • msg #325

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

A flurry of blade, Redgrave managed by pure skill to deflect each and every attack.

"Now I’m getting warmed up!" he said, smiling wickedly.

He scanned the group in an eye blink, then vanished, appearing behind Tony! All the sadistic mirth drained from his face and voice, leaving a glare of cold dead eyes and a low, almost whisper.

"Dodge this."

He repeated Leon’s tactic of Rapid-Strike Feint/Deceptive Attack.

Tony roll your highest combat skill, subtract 11 from your margin of success (or add it to your margin of failure. Then defend once at -4, plus an additional penalty equal to the result of the Feint (above), unless you rolled better.

Example: If your skill succeeds by 9.... 9 - 11 = -2. You would defend at -6 instead of -4. If you succeed by 11 or better on the feint, no additional penalty applies.

Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 63 posts
Tue 16 Feb 2021
at 13:22
  • msg #326

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony stares bleary eyed at the spot where the villain had been and blinks.then he hears a sound behind him and tries to spin, extended claws as he does "Cat Reacts to Cucumber!" .

Reaction roll gives me a -8 to defend, biff that with a roll of 15, 1WCP to survive. 9 to attack for 19 damage

HP: 11  SP: 5/10  WCP: 6/10
This message was last edited by the player at 13:32, Tue 16 Feb 2021.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 77 posts
Thu 18 Feb 2021
at 03:21
  • msg #327

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Leon attempts to defend his brother but his sword narrowly misses Redgrave's, Tony will have to fend for himself.

He whips his sword around at that other Captain once more, "Leave my crew alone!"

Missed the parry by 1, rolled bad on the Feint contest is why.
Feint success by 11.


HP: 20/20     FP: 8/12     WCP: 0/10
This message was last edited by the player at 17:35, Thu 18 Feb 2021.
Ori Kami
Origami Loremaster, 16 posts
Tue 23 Feb 2021
at 05:34
  • msg #328

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Trying a different tactic, Ori flies around to behind Redgrave before hurling another shuriken. His thrown weapon goes wide, but he does try some mockery on his journey.

"Redgrave Fartslayer
Dad smells, of elderberry
Mother, a hamster"



Move to behind Redgrave. Failed attack. Maybe next round.


HP: 10/10     FP:9/12     Paper: 11/20
Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 40 posts
Stoneman and Shipwright
Stoney Pidgeon man
Tue 23 Feb 2021
at 14:06
  • msg #329

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

“Kobra Kai Low!”
Ben moves to a clear side to attack Redgraves Legs, Mastadon making a serpent like hiss as it zigs through the air.

Multi attack once attacking the legs, -8 to hit. Hit once, success by 0. 27 Damage
This message was last edited by the player at 18:00, Tue 23 Feb 2021.
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 58 posts
Tue 23 Feb 2021
at 16:04
  • msg #330

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Following his crewmates lead, Thane again darts in with his twisting kukri knives, "Twin Fang: Kitsune Swipe!"


Rolled success for my deceptive double strike (7,11 respectively when 15 is for success), then rolled 11 and 15 respectively for the damage. Defends at -2 for attacks.
This message was last edited by the player at 00:44, Fri 26 Feb 2021.
Will of D.
GM, 148 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Thu 25 Feb 2021
at 14:09
  • msg #331

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Captain Redgrave smiled coldly as Tony narrowly avoided a mortal wound, the blade passing within inches of his neck. He casually danced away as Ori and Leon pressed their attacks, but he was distracted by them when Ben came in from the side. The sheer speed of the strike only gave Redgrave a split second to react, and in his haste he chose to raise his sword to deflect the blow—a move that was too slow. His leg rang like a struck bell, the force of the blow splintering Mastodon.

Redgrave went down on one knee. Thane buried his blades deep into the man as he was still stunned.

"Now I understand," he said, face growing more solemn. "They underestimated you. Any one of you alone could not face me, maybe not even two or three, but together you are strong. This is why you succeeded in taking our ship."

He shifted his weight to try and stand on his obviously broken leg, then hesitated.

"Next time, it won’t be so easy," he said. "Next time, you won’t have the benefit of this chaos to shield your escape."

He blinked once, and then was simply gone. He vanished as he had before attacking, but appeared nowhere in sight. In the distance, the Demonslayer ship was turning to flee. The rest of the Demonslayer pirates on shore were now suddenly fighting to escape, same as the Calico pirates. The marines were being hard pressed to hold the line, giving perhaps the only opportunity for the pirates to collectively retreat.
This message was last edited by the GM at 03:22, Sat 09 Apr 2022.
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 64 posts
Fri 26 Feb 2021
at 03:51
  • msg #332

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony pauses for a minute amidst the chaos, he breathes deeply, catching his breath and letting his heart rate slow before turning to the crew and roaring "MAGNIFICENT BATTLE EVERYONE!" . He turns to Thane "Great attack, he definitely felt that! And Ben" he turns to the stone man, "well struck!" his face suddenly goes slack and sad as he notices the broken weapon "oh, no. We shall fix it! And if not, we shall give it a funeral fit for a king!"

He looks around the group and his smile returns "We truly showed the might of the Lionheart Pirates today, didnt we?!" he walks to each person and pulls each individual person into a strong hug, rubbing the side of his face against the face of the man hugged. "Well done everyone!!" . His eyes fall upon the dropped staves left by the villains and he suddenly gets an idea as his mind shoots to his cabin on the ship amd the smaller Lionheart banner he has been sewing. He bends and grabs one, ready to reach for the other, when he feels a strange sensation in his hand at the touch of the strange staff. "wha... um, guys, this is weird, I dont think this is normal wood. Ben, could this be like your tree?"
Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 41 posts
Stoneman and Shipwright
Stoney Pidgeon man
Fri 26 Feb 2021
at 18:52
  • msg #333

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Ben is picking up the pieces of Mastodon as they are celebrating and putting it in his bag thoughtful, planning what he can do with it next. When Tony picks up the rod, he looks over to begin his examination. Ben’s eyes grow big as he points at it and he exclaims “Tony!!! Your hand!!!! It’s no longer liquid!”, as his once sloshy paw becomes normal, up to the wrist. “Wrap it in a cloth and bring it back with us to the ship so we can examine it further, I have some tools in my kit to deal with it with. It’s a little to loud here...”

Ben gestures at the raging battle
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 78 posts
Fri 26 Feb 2021
at 19:01
  • msg #334

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

"Next time, it won't be so easy," he said. "Next time, you won't have the benefit of this chaos to shield your escape."



"We won't have the benefit!? Big words from the man with the broken leg." Leon scoffs, sheathing his katana as Redgrave vanishes, then he turns to his crew, "Excellent work men! Really great teamwork from everyone! We'll get him next time."

He raises an eyebrow following Tony and Ben's interaction with the seastone rods, "Gather all of them up, we'll figure them out once we're back at sea. Now... To the ship!"
Ori Kami
Origami Loremaster, 17 posts
Fri 26 Feb 2021
at 19:10
  • msg #335

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Ori alights on the ground, weary from the battle but glad to be unharmed. He says,

"A Captain retreats
Together we prove our might
Can I get a snack?"


He oddly appears to be glancing at the wooden pieces scattered around them as he mentions getting a snack. Looking closely at Tony's hand upon him touching the staff, Ori groans and says,

"A seastone weapon?
Devil fruit users beware
Lest the depths they bring!"


Assuming Ori can make a visual ID because of Scholar! success by 4.
This message was last edited by the player at 19:22, Fri 26 Feb 2021.
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 59 posts
Sat 27 Feb 2021
at 20:27
  • msg #336

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Thane quickly sheathes his two kukri knives, and motions to his fellow crewmates, "Let's get out of here!" With the strain on Thane's warp ability now faded, Thane warps each member of the crew and himself back to their ship.

Once on their ship, Thane turns to Leon and asks, "Well, where are we off to next, Captain?"

I rolled success for my sheathing (including switching grip), and I didn't think I needed to roll anything for the direction of the ship with my absolute direction and navigation skills, but let me know if I need to do so.
This message was last edited by the player at 20:52, Sat 27 Feb 2021.
Will of D.
GM, 149 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Mon 1 Mar 2021
at 13:52
  • msg #337

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

The Lionhearts were teleported one at a time to their ship, which was blessedly beyond the reach of the cannons the marines had rolled up on shore. The other pirate crews appeared to have their hands full with pulling back. The Lionheart ship sailed away from the turmoil without incident.

Captain Redgrave was nowhere to be seen on the battlefield, but as the Lionhearts pushed toward the horizon, a familiar figure stood at the helm of the Demonslayer ship, favoring one leg. His eyes seemed to pierce through the distance. He locked gazes with Leon and smiled before limping below deck.

As I mentioned OOC, tally the points you’ve earned so far. If you’re unsure of how to rank yourself, ask the other players. You can decide where to go from here, but I had planned for Loguetown. If that’s a good idea for everyone, you can use this opportunity to RP some while we figure out how many points you’ve earned and update character sheets on the ride.
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 60 posts
Wed 3 Mar 2021
at 04:03
  • msg #338

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Thane lounges comfortably up in the crow's nest basking in the glow of the sun shining in an open sky with no land in sight. Thane can't help but contrast the events that had led him to this relaxing time, namely the horrors he had seen while in the Navy as well as the hardship he had experience as a lone vigilante. With a quick shudder to clear his thoughts, Thane calls down from his perch, "Hey Tony! Can you whip up some of the good stuff for me? It would complete the mood perfectly."
Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 42 posts
Stoneman and Shipwright
Stoney Pidgeon man
Wed 3 Mar 2021
at 23:36
  • msg #339

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Ben winces and says “ Ill stick with my own brand tonight. I’d rather not drink something that might have been your ear or hand or something...” he pulls out a bottle of cognac and pours some in a cup he keeps under his sock hat.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 79 posts
Tue 9 Mar 2021
at 18:46
  • msg #340

Chapter 1: East Blue

Leon grins in return before the other pirate breaks away. The huge Lion Mink turns to his crew, "Mr. Bristol! Chart a course for Loguetown, we are going to go pay our respects to Gol D. Roger before we do anything else!"

The Lionheart Pirates heave to and the ship quickly outpaces any attempts at pursuit then the partying commences in earnest. Food and drink are consumed as fast as Tony can make them, there is gambling based on several contests of skill and knowledge, sparring, and anything else they can come up with. Quite drunk with a massive grin plastered to his face, Leon abruptly drops to the deck asleep, clutching his sword and bokken as one might a teddy bear.
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 65 posts
Tue 9 Mar 2021
at 21:30
  • msg #341

Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony quickly prepares and distributes some good time juice, including a small shot for Ben, knowing what it feels like to not be included, so he always shares with everyone. "This'll help any possible hangover from your personal stash" he whispers as he passes it to the large man.

As the day progresses, Tony makes food and more drinks, cheers on his competitors in their games, and walks away with a few wins himself. As Leon lays down Tony straightens him up a little and lays down and cuddles against his brother for a nap of his own.
Ori Kami
Origami Loremaster, 18 posts
Wed 10 Mar 2021
at 00:47
  • msg #342

Chapter 1: East Blue

Before they leave the island, Ori flies back and forth forth to the shore several times. He brings back random sticks, twigs, and pieces of wood and leaves them in a pile until he has quite a large gathering sitting on the deck.

While getting to know the others, he casually crunches on the said twigs as if they were delicious snacks. The pile quickly diminishes to nothing, and Ori appears none the worse for wear as he consumes the wood products.

If anyone stares too long at him, he casually says with a crunch after each line:

"Today a tree branch
Tomorrow a paper knife
You are what you eat!"

Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 61 posts
Wed 10 Mar 2021
at 02:22
  • msg #343

Chapter 1: East Blue

"Course has been set for Loguetown, Captain!" Thane called down before taking a big swig of the drink he'd received from Tony.
Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 43 posts
Stoneman and Shipwright
Stoney Pidgeon man
Wed 10 Mar 2021
at 13:59
  • msg #344

Chapter 1: East Blue

Ben takes the drink and forces a polite smile (not that you can tell that much on a stone face), yet the gesture warms his heart. He builds up his courage and downs the drink. It tastes herby yet refreshing, much like the wintertime alcohol his father would drink. He loosens up and enjoys the revelry with the crew. As the evening fades, with the sounds of laughter and songs behind him, he retires to the cabin and sets up his shop.
As Ben begins to work on repairing Mastodon, he breaks out his wood working kit, and digs a bit deeper to find a more intricate set of tools. As he unfolds them on his desk, he hums the tune of his favorite orchestra piece, to which soon his memories take over and his mind’s eye is filled with the sweet ensemble. He takes the pieces of his old friend, and begins to sort them out one piece at a time. But instead of restoration, his muse demands a revolution, a remaster. He finds a metal band from his scrap and fits it into the head piece, using it to bind the splintered would and shaping it into wood waives of hair (with a secret apoxy he has created). Soon it takes shape, and barbarian shape with gritted teeth and long billowing mane covering its eyes comes to shape.
The Bully Mammoth is born.
Will of D.
GM, 151 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Thu 11 Mar 2021
at 03:51
  • msg #345

Chapter 1: East Blue

The next day, while sailing through clear skies and open waters, a News Coo dropped a paper onto the deck.

JAILBREAK IN EAST BLUE!
The Paper Crane, formerly believed to be the name of a secret criminal organization bent on taking over the world, was imprisoned awaiting transfer to Impel Down when his criminal associates, a fledgling pirate crew that calls themselves the Lionheart Pirates, stormed the prison in large numbers, and broke out the Paper Crane along with nearly a hundred other pirates! Among the freed was Calico Jack of the Calico Pirates and an entire crew of Demonslayer Pirates. The Navy arrived just in time to stop the escape attempt, but an unexpected coalition of the three pirate crews overwhelmed the brave marines with 10 to 1 odds!

The paper included loose leaf wanted posters for each of the Lionheart Pirates:

THE PAPER CRANE
B 300,000,000
    His true identity is unknown, and his resources are potentially unlimited. He seems to have taken on the guise of an unsuspecting member of the Lionhearts, but government officials believe this to be a ruse, a way to hide in plain sight.
LEON D. HART
B 100,000,000
    Most likely the Paper Crane’s second in command, but acting captain of the Lionhearts, a Mink and expert swordsman, showing that the Paper Crane’s contacts and minions extend even to the farthest reaches of the Grand Line.
THANE "THE SHADOW" BRISTOL
B 60,000,000
    Responsible for civil unrest in an otherwise peaceful village, Thane appears to have eaten the Shadow-Shadow Fruit, allowing him to disappear into shadows. Other abilities unknown.
TONY HART
B 50,000,000
    Leon’s younger brother appears like the crew’s drunk, but he’s actually a drunken master, feigning intoxication to throw off enemies. He has some flame related abilities, the origin of which is uncertain.
THE ROCK
B 40,000,000
    This lumbering oaf made of stone may actually be an alternate persona of the Puppet Master, but in case he’s something else, this is included separately. Actual identity unknown. Big and strong, but dumb as a rock. Known to have a temper, but believed afraid of mice.

Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 80 posts
Thu 11 Mar 2021
at 04:27
  • msg #346

Chapter 1: East Blue

Leon is still snuggled up on the deck, weapons under one arm and Tony under the other when the newspaper bundle drops to the deck he blearily opens his eyes and stretches. The wind gusts and sets the leaflets swirling in the air above the deck. The Lion Mink is up in a flash unceremoniously dumping his brother to the deck and drawing his katana. His sword is a blur as he skewers each paper, then he slides them all off in perfect order and begins to read. And read. And flip through wanted posters.

Then he leaps into the air with an exuberant shout, "Woohoo! All hands on deck! All hands on deck!"

He lands on the crows nest and hands Thane his poster before backflipping off to the deck where he quickly whips the posters off to each crew member before reading the article of their exploits aloud, "We all have bounties! That's EPIC!"
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 66 posts
Thu 11 Mar 2021
at 05:35
  • msg #347

Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony hits the deck and continues to sleep until his brother calls everyone to rise. He yawns and stretches, feeling the new day's sun soak into his fur for a few minutes as he inhales deeply the salty scent of the sea air. Finally Tony's eyes open and they come upon the poster. He grins, "some mighty fine ones for my friends! Well done! Although they dont seem to like Ben much, do they?"
Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 44 posts
Stoneman and Shipwright
Stoney Pidgeon man
Thu 11 Mar 2021
at 11:24
  • msg #348

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Ben reading the poster frowns.
“ The drawing of me is just a boulder with a hat on it. What the Deuce is this...”
He shows everyone the poster. It is indeed just a rock with a sock hat.
“I wear glasses for Cripes sake. I have a nose.”
He grabs his nose.
“ I sunk Marine ships for years and they still haven’t figured out it was me. A pirate ship sinks and within two weeks they track me down and kill my crew because I was simply suspect.”

He throws the poster up in the air

“Maybe if I screamed my name or wrote a haiku everytime I sank a ship...”
This message was last edited by the player at 11:28, Thu 11 Mar 2021.
Ori Kami
Origami Loremaster, 19 posts
Thu 11 Mar 2021
at 15:24
  • msg #349

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Ori was already up and meditating on the deck when the posters are dropped off. With his long jacket rolled up beneath him as a cushion, it is painfully obvious how skinny he truly is. He gladly takes his poster from Leon and grins at the perfect likeness of himself. (Posing for that sketch in prison was a great idea!)

"Increasing madly
Our value, our new legend
Paper evidence"


He delicately folds his poster into a modified crane. With no warning, his chest suddenly folds open into what looks like a tiny bookshelf. He places the crane delicately within. Those looking closely notice a few other items - some fancy loose paper, a bound book, and what looks like an ancient scroll.

Just as suddenly as it appeared, the internal shelving vanishes and Ori appears himself again. He brushes himself off and laughs along with the rest of the crew at Ben's poster.
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 62 posts
Fri 12 Mar 2021
at 03:56
  • msg #350

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Thane winces at the sight of his wanted poster. "Hopefully this won't be enough to grab the attention of my old navy acquaintances... especially that man." Thane thinks to himself after seeing amount of his bounty, along with the vague description of himself. Suddenly, Thane's attention is drawn to Ben's commentary of his wanted poster, and the dark thoughts from Thane's mind vanish in a moment of laughter with his new crew.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 81 posts
Fri 12 Mar 2021
at 04:29
  • msg #351

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

"Ben... that wanted poster... TOTALLY ROCKS!" Leon says doubling over with laughter, "I love their narrative too, we sound so organized and official. If people knew we turned the jailbreak into a game it'd sure make the Navy look bad!"

He turns to Ori, "Three times my bounty! And apparently I work for you now! I don't know what you did to make them mad but they sure put a big price on it!"
Ori Kami
Origami Loremaster, 20 posts
Tue 16 Mar 2021
at 01:34
  • msg #352

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Grinning at the Captain, Ori says with a wink:

"Three to one, oh no!
Our Captain, jealous of me?
Say it be not so!"


Regaining a bit of composure, Ori continues with:

"They burn it away
Secrets, trinkets, books, and time
Until one slips past"


The paper man protectively covers his chest where the hidden bookshelf appeared.
Will of D.
GM, 154 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Sat 20 Mar 2021
at 21:39
  • msg #353

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

The Lionheart Pirates sailed toward Loguetown, the infamous beginning and end of the former pirate king, Gol D. Roger, the place of his birth and execution. It was something of a waypoint for anyone traveling to the Grand Line, a city that covered almost the entire island, with bustling trade from across East Blue. Pirates especially made this stop before entering the Reverse Mountain to make their way into the Grand Line, an important historical site and last stop for supplies.

The town was famous for catching pirates as much as having them visit there, a large Marine Base sitting near the center of town, its captain—John Dryden—notorious for capturing pirates before they even made it to the Grand Line.

Gol D. Roger’s Execution Platform was near that Marine base at the center of the town, in an open square where townspeople would gather for local news and more executions.

There was a famous Arms Shop that had some of the best weapons in the world, mostly antiques but some quite usable.

A high class boutique called Robecca Hanberg was well-known for its fancy clothing.

The Fisherman King Uotome was a renowned fish market.

More of a funky boutique with cheaper but still fashionable clothing was called Antique House.

Glove Factory neighbored Robecca Hanberg.

Love Love Pirates alleged sold items brought back by pirates who returned from the Grand Line.

The Gold Roger Bar used to be the most famous pirate bar in town until Gol D. Roger was executed. Now only Marines frequent the establishment.

You can all go to one place, or split up! What do you guys wanna visit?
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 82 posts
Mon 22 Mar 2021
at 21:48
  • msg #354

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Upon their arrival to Loguetown, Leon is nearly shaking with excitement and anticipation, "I'm going to visit Gol D. Roger's Execution Platform first thing, if anyone wants to join me they are more than welcome."

"After this pilgrimage to pay my respects to Roger is complete I've no plans except to continue having EPIC adventures, so keep your eyes peeled and your ears to the ground for ideas while you're about town." he says seriously, then he adds with a grin, "And try not to get into too much trouble unless I'm there, you know how I hate to miss out."

"Ben, do you have those things we talked about? Thank you, pass them out please." Leon asks "We'll use these to call for help if needed. If you throw them down they'll make a column of smoke so the rest of the crew knows where you are. Do whatever you want, but if you see smoke get there as fast as you can so you don't miss out on the fun."

We didn't talk about it but I had the idea, so I figured we can do it retroactively.

I don't know if we'll use them as intended or if we're just handing Colin a tool for mayhem, but either way it should be fun.

Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 63 posts
Mon 22 Mar 2021
at 23:02
  • msg #355

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

"Not sure I will need one captain, but I promise to be arrive at any smoke site as quickly as my warping will allow," Thane says to Leon as he accepts the smoke bomb from him. "I'm off to see if I can find anything interesting that may have been brought back from the Grand Line. I heard a rumor about a place when we were in Maidenport. If I can't find anything interesting, I'll see what weapons this place has available."

Thane is referring to Love Love Pirates first then the famous Arms Shop after.
Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 45 posts
Stoneman and Shipwright
Stoney Pidgeon man
Mon 22 Mar 2021
at 23:57
  • msg #356

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

“Mind if I join you Thane? I’d like to see what kind of things they have brought back from The Grand Line.”
Ori Kami
Origami Loremaster, 21 posts
Tue 23 Mar 2021
at 16:39
  • msg #357

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Ori appears to be thinking hard about where to go in the city, but then shrugs and says:

"The winding winds blow
Mirroring their paths, I shall
Meander through town."


Ori has no particular destination in mind, but wants to wander past Robecca Hanberg, Glove Factory, and Antique House.

[Private to GM: Ori wants to find someplace to people watch so he can acquire a new face. He also wants to keep his eyes out for any origami displayed in shop windows so he can send a message back to the Paper Crane.]
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 64 posts
Tue 23 Mar 2021
at 19:23
  • msg #358

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

"Sure thing Ben, let's get going!" Thane responds excitedly. The curiosity of what they might find from the Grand Line was starting to wear his patience thin.

There is still time for someone to join us if they want. I'm just rp'ing a trait of my character.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 83 posts
Tue 23 Mar 2021
at 20:17
  • msg #359

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

"Come on Tony! Let's go pay our respects to Rogers, then we can go wherever you like." Leon says with a grin, "We only met him ever so briefly, but I feel we owe him at least the same in return."
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 67 posts
Wed 24 Mar 2021
at 13:26
  • msg #360

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony grins at his brother and nods ready to see some sights, maybe pick up some supplies, but definitely ready to get into a tussle.
Will of D.
GM, 156 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Wed 24 Mar 2021
at 13:47
  • msg #361

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

The Execution Platform

The Execution Platform was in the center of town, a large square where people could gather surrounding it, but no one made use of the square for such purposes. Instead, people went about their day, strolling through as if there was nothing significant about the platform at all. The platform itself was not quite attached to a sort of protruding balcony, erected on the side of a large stone building, supported by stone columns matching those that decorated the exterior of the building itself. It jutted out from the main part of the balcony, a slab of wood which was supported separately by a permanent scaffold. There was no way to the platform from below except to climb the rungs of the scaffold, no ladder in sight.

Leon and Tony felt an aura of emotion, almost seeing what had taken place without having experienced it. The tales of the event mixed with seeing it in person gave a new image of the execution in their minds: Gol D. Roger, Pirate King, the only man to sail to the end of the Grand Line, where he hid his treasure: One Piece. But he turned himself in. The reason was still a mystery to some. The World Government, in an effort to discourage piracy, made an example of Roger, returning him to his home city of Loguetown to be executed publicly.

Leon and Tony could almost see it. Roger, a tall, muscular man, blue button-shirt and tan trousers, held with a yellow sash tied at the waist, a deep red officer coat trimmed with yellow, heft matching epaulets draping the shoulders. The mighty pirate Gol D. Roger bound by the hands, his thick black mustache adorning his unquenchable smile as he knelt to accept his death. A marine executioner at each side, two massive polearms crossing beneath his head, a messy mop of black hair where his hat once sat.

"My wealth and treasures? If you want it, I'll let you have it...search for it! I left all of it at that place."

The words echoed in their minds, and they saw him kneeling there with a vicious smile on his face as the blades fell. Roger’s last words inspired a new age of pirates, flooding the Grand Line with more trouble for the World Government than Roger ever caused by himself.

The street around seemed to dim as Leon and Tony came out of their reverie, the bustle of everyday crowds walking past the tomb of a legend almost uncaring.

Love Love Pirates

Thane and Ben made their way to Love Love Pirates. The shop was packed with all sorts of people, most simply intrigued, but some buying elaborate trinkets, most of which were probably fake, but they looked cool either way.

"ARRR! PIRATES ONLY, YE SCALLAWAGS!" barked the perfect stereotype of a pirate standing at the doorway, scowling at everyone. He had an obviously fake peg-leg, a black eye-patch, a tricorn hat with a generic skull and crossbones, and the most outlandishly colorful mockery of seaman garb, with a bright red long coat.

Everyone chuckled, seeing the reaction of the newcomers. Apparently it was how everyone was greeted upon entering, just a gag to set the atmosphere.

There were glass cases full of shiny things, jewelry and watches, broaches and pins, some set in ivory or fine woods, most gleaming with gold, brass, or silver. One cabinet held navigational equipment, most of which looked like the everyday gear of any sailor, but with shiny bits to justify the exorbitant prices. There were even shipwright tools along the walls, likewise more ornamental than useful.

But as they continued past the fake piratey stuff, the rooms and hallways became less ornamented and more pragmatic in appearance, the quality of the items looking less gaudy but more believable. Old, worn coins from distant islands in the Grand Line, necklaces of shells and stones, more basic but good quality sailing equipment, looms of sturdy rope, the list went on.

Eventually, they found a room that was filled with wooden furniture and other carpentry creations. Ben was stunned to see behind the counter across the room, an intricate carving that was unmistakably made from Spirit Wood. It was a wall-hanging, only the size of a large serving tray, but the intricate craftsmanship was unmistakable. It was in fact not carved but grown into the shape, an art of cultivating Spirit Wood growth that Ben had never seen before, even among the sages who taught him to harvest the trees. He knew that they had in ages past sold the wood, but he had never heard of saplings being sent elsewhere, having been under the impression that they were only grown on that one small island.

Thane ventured off down another hall to a room filled with the finest navigation equipment he’d seen in one place. He already had nearly the best equipment money could buy, but the sheer volume of excellent gear was overwhelming. One thing in particular stood out: A small, watch-like compass, a thick bulb of glass set onto a leather wrist-strap, the needle suspended in the middle of the glass. But instead of pointing north, the needle wavered, lazily pointing in other directions.  Oddly, it was the more expensive piece of equipment, despite being so simply crafted.

Glove Factory

Ori Kami strolled past a few shops as he walked. He notice something intriguing in the second story window of the Glove Factory, and thought it might warrant a closer look.

[Private to Ori Kami: Difficult to see unless you know exactly what to look for, a tiny origami flower was nestled in the corner of the window frame. At a glance, anyone else wouldn’t see it standing out from the similarly boxy floral print on the window curtains, but it’s one of several ways that the Order identifies an establishment as having information pipelines.]

As he entered, an elderly woman perked up from behind the counter at the far side of the building.

"Welcome to Glove Factory," she said in a crotchety if aristocratic tone. She looked askance at Ori’s attire, sniffed, and glanced down as if searching for something she had written. "Ah, yes. The discount wares can be found in the back, if you’d be so kind as to find your way."

She pointed with a pen over her shoulder, to an open doorway. Beyond, racks of unlabeled gloves were stacked along the walls of a windowless room, a small staircase tucked into the back corner past some boxes.
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 65 posts
Thu 25 Mar 2021
at 01:56
  • msg #362

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Thane quickly surveys the room and spots the seller of the navigational equipment he had been perusing. "Hello. Could you tell me what one might use this for?" Thane said, motioning towards the watch-like compass that had caught his attention.
Will of D.
GM, 159 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Thu 25 Mar 2021
at 02:28
  • msg #363

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

"That there is a Log Pose—absolutely necessary for anyone heading to the Grand Line. Normal compasses don’t work in the Grand Line, so you’ll need one of these. Each island has its own unique magnetic field. The Log Pose will orient itself to the next island after some time, pointing straight toward it."
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 66 posts
Thu 25 Mar 2021
at 13:29
  • msg #364

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

"Absolutely necessary, huh." Thane said inaudibly under his breath. The information the seller gave about the watch-like compass had Thane curious as to what it would look like in action while traveling the Grand Line. Addressing the seller again, Thane asks, "How much for this... what'd you call it, a log pose?"
Will of D.
GM, 163 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Thu 25 Mar 2021
at 14:34
  • msg #365

Chapter 1: East Blue

"For you, sir, B1,500!" he said, proffering the device with his other hand outstretched for the money. "Won’t find a better price this side of the Reverse Mountain! Can I interest you in anything else? We have..."

He went into a stream of random items for navigation, most of which were talked up versions of stuff Thane already had.
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 68 posts
Thu 25 Mar 2021
at 21:25
  • msg #366

Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony reached up and wiped a small tear from his eye and leaned close against Leon. He could just imagine the scene and the chaos created by the man killed above. "Ok Brother, where shall we go next? A drink? Need anything repaired? Puppet show?"
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 84 posts
Thu 25 Mar 2021
at 21:55
  • msg #367

Chapter 1: East Blue

His brother's words shake him out of his reverie and he smiles, "Even the spot he died is awe inspiring! Roger was EPIC and I'm going to be even more EPIC!"

"My weapons are still ingood shape, but you never know what we'll find at the weapons shop. We can meet Thane and Ben over there." he says with a grin, then he stops with a quizzical expression, "Wait, did you see someone putting on a puppet show?"
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 69 posts
Fri 26 Mar 2021
at 00:07
  • msg #368

Chapter 1: East Blue

"You know me, I'm always up for a puppet show! Like the ones that used to travel through town when we were young. I imagine a place like this has to have some sort of entertainment." Tony pauses and smiles for a second "but weapons are also entertaining!"
Ori Kami
Origami Loremaster, 22 posts
Fri 26 Mar 2021
at 00:28
  • msg #369

Chapter 1: East Blue

Glancing at the stairway in the corner, Ori smiles at the elderly woman's words. He takes a moment to look at his own rather ragged clothing and shrugs apologetically. Deftly, he takes a piece of paper from within his cloak and folds it into an intricate little glove. He proffers it to the woman before he heads into the "discount wares" section. He spouts some nonsense as he walks:

"Carefully crafted
Second skin, another hand
A good-fitting glove"


[Private to GM: Ori will head to the staircase if no one stops him. He wants to go see the origami upstairs before he buys some nicer clothing, and potentially a good pair of gloves. Definitely a very nice cloak with lots of pockets.]
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 85 posts
Fri 26 Mar 2021
at 00:35
  • msg #370

Chapter 1: East Blue

Leon looks disappointed for a moment then his grin returns, "Since there's no puppet show, let's get going to the weapon shop!"

Without warning, he races off down the street knowing his brother won't be about to resist chasing him, "Pounce me if you can!"
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 70 posts
Fri 26 Mar 2021
at 00:37
  • msg #371

Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony's eyes suddenly become nothing but pupils as he starts chasing his brother along the street, running to catch him on their way to the weapons shop.
Will of D.
GM, 165 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Fri 26 Mar 2021
at 02:41
  • msg #372

Chapter 1: East Blue

The woman’s eyes lit up as Ori handed her the origami glove.

"How delightful," she said, tucking it away in a pocket. She pointedly didn’t watch him as Ori went into the back room.

[Private to Ori Kami: The stairs lead up to an empty room, a plain origami flower in the corner of a window. The floor boards creaked as Ori walked toward the window. The flower was nothing special, just a simple origami flower. When he turned around to leave, a man stood before him.

"Loremaster Kami," he said. "Do you have anything noteworthy to report? The grandmasters speak highly of your actions in diverting the attention of the World Government from the Order."
]
Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 46 posts
Stoneman and Shipwright
Stoney Pidgeon man
Fri 26 Mar 2021
at 11:44
  • msg #373

Chapter 1: East Blue

Ben approaches the shopkeep or worker and asks “ Sir, what is this piece that seems to be... grown in a peculiar fashion.” Pushing up his glasses in a really nerdy way. “Perhaps you can tell me where it’s from.”
This message was last edited by the player at 11:45, Fri 26 Mar 2021.
Will of D.
GM, 166 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Fri 26 Mar 2021
at 13:04
  • msg #374

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

"The Face of Oaksworn," said the lady. "I’ve been told that Oaksworn was a great creature made of wood, like a giant living tree. There is little lore known of him besides these descriptions. Some say that the bearer of his face can see as through a window into another world!"

At a closer look, Ben noticed that the twisting vine and branches did resemble a face, one as large as his own huge, rocky chest.
Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 47 posts
Stoneman and Shipwright
Stoney Pidgeon man
Fri 26 Mar 2021
at 13:10
  • msg #375

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

“Where can I find the people that made this? And how much would it be to buy this?” Said Ben keenly.
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 67 posts
Fri 26 Mar 2021
at 13:15
  • msg #376

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

"That's ok," Thane replied to the man, "I'll just take the log pose. Here is the B1,500." Thane hands the seller money and takes hold of the log pose. He quickly fastens the watch-like compass to his wrist and raises his arm to look more closely at it. "I wonder where you'll take us," Thane says under his breath. After finishing examining his recent purchase, he decides to go and join Ben.
Will of D.
GM, 167 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Fri 26 Mar 2021
at 13:36
  • msg #377

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

"Made?" said the woman. "It was the face of a living tree man! No one made it!"

The edges looked like they had been carved away from something larger, then cleaned up by carful carpentry. As far as Ben was aware, this shouldn’t have been Spirit Wood, but it was somehow. Everything he thought he understood about the wood began to seem very, very small. Tree people? They were just trees, albeit sacred ones. Right? Faces? He had never even heard of that.

"For this fine piece, B5,000!"

Thane can join in at this convo if he wants.
This message was last edited by the GM at 13:45, Fri 26 Mar 2021.
Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 48 posts
Stoneman and Shipwright
Stoney Pidgeon man
Fri 26 Mar 2021
at 16:32
  • msg #378

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

“I’ll take it then!”. Says Ben. Looking forward to studying it more. He hands the shopkeep the money and puts the wooden face in his haversack. Ben asks to see any tools that he might not have to add to his shipwright’s kit.
If there is nothing he will suggest moving on to the weapon shop with Thane
This message was last edited by the player at 17:53, Fri 26 Mar 2021.
Will of D.
GM, 168 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Fri 26 Mar 2021
at 17:53
  • msg #379

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

The woman handed over the Face, taking the money.

As Ben inspected the thing, it was undoubtedly Spirit Wood, but he couldn’t figure out how to use any special properties, if they actually existed. From the back, it seemed to be hollowed out like a mask, but the size was much too large to fit his own face.
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 68 posts
Fri 26 Mar 2021
at 19:47
  • msg #380

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

"Ben, if you're done here, I'm ready to head over to the Arms Shop," Thane said, still admiring the newly acquired log pose on his wrist. "On the way, you can tell me about that wooden face you just got and I'll tell you all about how this will help us as we go out on the Grand Line!" He lifted up the arm with the log pose fastened on it towards Ben.
Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 49 posts
Stoneman and Shipwright
Stoney Pidgeon man
Fri 26 Mar 2021
at 20:22
  • msg #381

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

“Yes! Let’s walk and talk. This really is the most peculiar...” He stops for a moment and then says “You should go first. I could end up rambling the whole way if you don’t.” He says, glasses gleaming in the sun like only a nerd about to talk about his most passionate interest could ever do.
This message was last edited by the player at 20:23, Fri 26 Mar 2021.
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 69 posts
Fri 26 Mar 2021
at 21:13
  • msg #382

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

"So, apparently in order to travel the Grand Line, you need one of these," Thane motions to the watch-like compass on his wrist as he and Ben are walking to the Arms Shop, "Normal compasses don't work, but this log pose will point to each island on our way through the Grand Line. It adjusts using the magnetic field of each island as we go to then point us towards the next island. I'm glad we went to Love Love Pirates, because we would surely run into trouble if we set out from here without this." Thane was wearing a huge grin during the entire conversation while describing the recently purchased log pose.


I know it is probably unnecessary since you can just fast forward us all to the Arms Shop, but felt like posting lol
Ori Kami
Origami Loremaster, 23 posts
Sat 27 Mar 2021
at 00:44
  • msg #383

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

A few minutes later, a man wearing Ori's clothes but sporting a different face entirely returns from the back room. He makes a slight effort to browse the wares, but gloves have never really suited his tastes. Origami is difficult enough without tossing in a barrier between hands and the paper.

He heads out into the streets again, determined to find a better outfit than what he currently sported. He wanders next door to Robecca Hanberg first...

[Private to GM: Ori responds to the man:

"A splendid success
Quite showy, this pirate crew
Will be of much use"


Opening up his hidden library space, Ori hands the man the original historical scroll that was inside the vase Ori broke.

"A copy I have
More secret history found
Order keep it safe!"


Peering out the window, Ori watches the people pass until he finds someone with a forgettable face. He concentrates for a minute, and suddenly his face gently folds into a new, rather forgettable shape.
]
Will of D.
GM, 169 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Sat 27 Mar 2021
at 15:26
  • msg #384

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony sprinted after Leon, the two of them dodging and weaving through the crowd. One guy almost got bowled over.

"Hey! Watch where you’re going!"

Another shoved a cart suddenly to get it out of the way.

Flips, tumbles, ducks and weaves. The brothers were almost to the shop when CRASH! Tony leapt the instant Leon turned his gaze to see where he was going, and the White Tiger Mink landed right on his brother’s back! The two went end over end, rolling in a ball of yellow-brown on white-black fur until they came resting right at the foot of the door to the Arms Shop, Tony on top of Leon with a sly grin.

Ben and Thane had just arrived to see the spectacle.

The Arms Shop was a simple, open storefront, walls lined with various swords, axes, clubs, knives, and glass cases full of flintlock pistols and long arms. The owner, a balding man with black hair named Ipponmatsu, welcomed the customers with a blank stare.

"Welcome to the Arms Shop," he said robotically. "If you’re not gonna buy anything, get out."

There were dozens of fine swords, but none in particular stood out to Leon at first glance.

Ben almost gasped looking at the container of practice swords, tucked vertically into a bin. He grabbed one of the bokken and held it reverently, whispering something about finding Spirit Wood all over the place.

Thane found a massive selection of knives, including ones balanced for throwing. It was almost hard to choose there were so many, and his kukri were already so expertly crafted that it would be difficult to find an upgrade.

"Alright, you seem like you at least know what you’re looking for," said the shopkeeper. "Tell me exactly what you want, and I’ll see what I’ve got. There’s more in the store than meets the eye, but I keep the best stuff out of the public."

I have ideas for generic but EPIC upgrades, but if you had something specific you wanted to look for, let me know!



Ori was ready to head over to the clothing shop, but he did find a pair of gloves that were fascinating. They were fine silk, but the palms and fingertips were somehow not impractically smooth.

At Robecca Handberg, the shopkeep gave Ori the same snobbish treatment, as if lowly dressed people were less welcome, but they didn’t have a discount section.

These gloves won’t impede the intricate folding of origami, but they will protect you from accidental papercuts! They also give you the equivalent of High Manual Dexterity 1. They are rather delicate, however, and will be damaged easily if you decide to grab some acid with your bare hands or something.

Did you have something specific you’re looking for as far as fancy clothes?


[Private to Ori Kami: The man said nothing further, simply nodding and bowing. He held out a folded flower, like the one in the window, but the material was Spirit Paper—a message for him.]
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 86 posts
Sat 27 Mar 2021
at 16:10
  • msg #385

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Leon pants and struggles for a second then grins up at his brother, "I yield, you win this time big brother! Now let me up!"



"These are all good swords sir..." Leon says browsing rack after rack of razor sharp killing implements, "And Jean Pierre would say it's the swordsman that matters not the sword..."

He tests the edge of a blade with his thumb before putting it back, "But by the same measure a craftsman cannot exceed the quality of his tools..."

"Sir, I'm looking for something exquisite, EPIC, maybe even cursed! Do you have any katanas like that?"
Ori Kami
Origami Loremaster, 24 posts
Sat 27 Mar 2021
at 16:48
  • msg #386

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

The gloves catch his eye right before he heads out to the shop next door. He gently picks them up and tests their dexterity. With a smile, he walks them over to the elderly lady at the counter. Assuming they do not cost a fortune, he is more than happy to pay for them.

At Robecca Hanburg, Ori takes his time looking around despite the snobbery. He wants to find something timeless and fit for adventure. Perhaps a suit or uniform? Something that a tie and some nice cuff links would go well with. A nice hat with a good brim to top off the ensemble. Definitely a waterproof cloak with lots of hidden pockets, and some stylish shoes that are still grippy enough for the deck of a ship in a storm.

He decides that perhaps that shop named Antique House he walked past might be more his style - distinctive, affordable, and functional. He walks in and begins to browse.

"Something stylish yet
Lacking not function for form
Will I find it here?"


[Private to GM:
Ori takes the proffered flower of spirit paper and takes his time unfolding it and reading the message within. He heads back downstairs without a glance backward to see if the man can pull another vanishing act.
]
Will of D.
GM, 170 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Sun 28 Mar 2021
at 03:33
  • msg #387

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Without a word, Ipponmatsu unlocked a case built into the wall behind the counter, rolling the wooden doors aside to reveal several much more intricate blades. He used a white satin cloth to pick one off the rack, the saya (scabbard) was smooth-lacquered, matte-black ebony, the kojiri (bottom end of sheath), koigichi (sheath opening) and kurigata (knob on sheath) all a thick, dark grey but shiny metal, patterned like woven thorny vines. The tsuka (hilt) was ebony with black sharkskin samegawa (wrapping the wood), the tsuka-ito (wrapping the samegawa) of dark gray silk in the katatemaki style (ancient battle-type wrapping pattern), matching the sageo (wrapping around the kurigata to attach to a belt). The kashira (pommel), tsuba (guard), fuchi (hilt collar) and habaki (blade collar) were all of the same dark grey, shiny metal as on the saya, bearing the same thorny vine design.

The blade itself was a bright silvery steel. The boshi (tip) was longer than usual, with a smooth taper to the kissaki (point), with no visible yokote (dividing line at the boshi). The mune (back of the blade) was smooth and rounded instead of a square, flat edge, but there was a deep, sharp hi (blood groove/fuller) that ran almost the full length of the blade, etched with a series of tiny glyphs within the hi itself. The hamon (ripple pattern of the tempered edge) was choji (“clove”) style, giving it the appearance of flames rising from the downturned edge, and the discoloration within the hamon was almost iridescent.

Ipponmatsu held forth the blade for Leon to inspect. It was the finest sword he had ever seen.

"You wanted something exquisite or cursed. Well, this is both. The worlds best swordsmith, maker of the Tenka-Goken, the Five Celestial Blades, was named Masamune. His best student, Muramasa, went on to become almost equal to his master in skill. He was a jealous student, however, and wished to surpass his master and prove his excellence above all others. Muramasa challenged his sensei, Masamune, to a competition for who could create the greatest katana. After they both worked tirelessly, they decided to test the blades by dipping them into a river. Muramasa’s sword, which he named Juuchi Yosamu (‘10,000 Cold Nights’) cut everything that floated by, fish, twigs, leaves, even rocks. Masamune’s sword, named Yawarakai-Te (‘Tender Hands’) only cut leaves; everything else would flow smoothly around it, untouched by the blade. Muramasa sneered at his master that he had finally surpassed him.

"But Masamune pointed something out that had been overlooked: When Juuchi Yosamu cut the leaves, the pieces would stick to the blade, whereas the leaves cut by Yawarekai-Te would flow on down the river, reforming as they went. The master explained that Muramasa had erred in thinking that what makes a sword great was its ability to cut anything, but in seeking only to destroy, the wake of destruction weighed down the blade, making it cumbersome. Masamune had instead created a sword did not cut needlessly, and was used not only to cut but also to heal.

"Muramasa was enraged at his master’s lesson. He was so disgraced by the display that he took up his newly made sword, struck down Masamune, and vanished. Juuchi Yosamu was never recovered, but Muramasa made four inferior blades, pouring into them all his hatred and animus.

"Rumor says that the blades themselves still thirst for blood. Once drawn, they must taste blood before they can be sheathed, the bearers driven to murder or suicide. These swords are known as Shiken (‘Four Swords of Death’): Aiku-no Shita (‘Tongue of Malice’), Fukushu-no Ken (‘Fist of Vengeance’), Nikushimi-no Kokoro (‘Heart of Odium’), and Senbou-no Me (‘Eye of Envy’)."


Ipponmatsu nodded toward the sword in Leon’s hands.

"The Heart of Odium, Nikushimi-no Kokoro. If you truly wish to have this blade, I will not take any money from you. I will, however, accept a trade. Your sword for this one. I warn you: It is said that only one with the soul of Masamune could hold such a weapon and be untouched by its curse. There has never been a story of even one such person."
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 87 posts
Sun 28 Mar 2021
at 23:57
  • msg #388

Chapter 1: East Blue

Leon holds the sword and considers the words of Ipponmatsu and the story of Nikushimi-no Kokoro and reflects on his own career as a swordsman.



Leon was ten years old when the infamous Roger Pirates arrived at Zou. They were legends in every way imaginable, from powers and fighting prowess to love of partying and alcohol tolerance. Their brief stop on Zou was the most exciting thing that had ever happened in his life. Every night a rager, a concert, and an exhibition match rolled up into one. They were EPIC.

After a week they departed, but a few of them remained on Zou to recuperate from injuries sustained fighting the Navy right before their arrival on Zou. One of those pirates was the legendary swordsman Jean Pierre Lafitte; even with horrendous injuries his exhibitions of skill were awe inspiring. The little lion mink followed him around, waiting on him hand and foot, all while begging to be taught how to wield a blade.

Amused by his persistence, Jean Pierre gave Leon a shinai and began training him. When the Roger Pirate was satisfied that Leon wouldn't accidentally disembowel himself he sat him down and presented him an old and battered, but obviously well cared for katana. "Leon, this is a very special sword. When I first joined the Roger Pirates as a chore boy many years ago, Gol D. Roger presented me with this sword as a symbol of his trust in me to become a faithful member of his crew. It is just one sword among many thousands made by any unknown craftsman of no special skill. However, to me it is a priceless masterpiece because it is the sword that honed me into the master swordsman I am today. I have since graduated to finer swords whose quality will not be a hindrance to the skill it helped me attain, but I have kept it as a reminder of where I started. I am giving it to you now, as a symbol of my trust that you will dedicate yourself to becoming a master of the blade. You will know when you are ready to move on from it."

After a year the Roger Pirates departed and Leon was left with the faithful old katana to train. And train he did, twenty-five years he trained on Zou; he spent every waking hour with the sword. With one brother gone and the other descending into alcoholism at a young age, the sword was his only friend. He did everything with the sword, took his meals, bathed, and when he was feeling particularly lonely he would speak to the sword.

Just like it had been for Jean Pierre, the sword became a priceless treasure and a dear friend to Leon. He started his career as a pirate with this sword. He beat Agha Jack in a duel with this sword. He deflected a cannonball with this sword. However, the sword was beginning to show the stress of his EPIC adventures… With more crazy feats it might well break, maybe not the next one, but at the rate he was going it would happen soon.

It would pain him to leave his dear friend behind, but it would devastate him to see his friend destroyed by his insane antics. The sword would understand. It had more than done it's part in honing him into a formidable swordsman, but if he was going to be able to progress any further he would need a partner that could keep up. The Heart of Odium, Nikushimi-no Kokoro needed a partner as well, a swordsman with the soul of Masamune. Would Leon be worthy? There was only one way to find out.



A few tears roll down his cheek and collect in his whiskers. He reaches down with one hand and unties his sword from his belt and hands it to Ipponmatsu, "He has been a teacher to Jean Pierre Lafitte and then to me, Leon D. Hart. When you meet a student of the blade, who cannot afford one but shows promise and dedication, entrust the sword to him. He is an excellent teacher and so I name him Sensei."

He ties Nikushimi-no Kokoro onto his belt and wipes the tears from his cheeks with a sniff. He takes the Spirit Wood Bokken that Ben identified and exchanges it with his own, "I would also like to purchase this as well. We shall see if there's anything to this curse when next I need to draw the blade, but at least my bokken will be of uncursed and unsurpassed craftsmanship."
This message was last edited by the player at 03:35, Mon 29 Mar 2021.
Will of D.
GM, 172 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Mon 29 Mar 2021
at 14:02
  • msg #389

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

The Heart of Odium is a balanced, fine, hagane katana: +1 to skill, +1 to damage, -1 odds of breakage, and natural armor divisor (2).

The Spirit Wood Bokken is balanced, +1 to skill, and unbreakable by any normal means.

Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 50 posts
Stoneman and Shipwright
Stoney Pidgeon man
Mon 29 Mar 2021
at 14:12
  • msg #390

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

“You wouldn’t happen to have any weapons made with or incorporating SpiritWood do you?” Ben asks Ipponmatsu, after watching these events unfold.
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 70 posts
Mon 29 Mar 2021
at 14:45
  • msg #391

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Amidst all of the inquiries of his crewmates to Ipponmatsu, Thane finds an opportunity to ask, "I notice many of these weapons are very overt and flashy. I was wondering if you might have anything that's a little more, how might you say, subtle?"
Will of D.
GM, 173 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Mon 29 Mar 2021
at 22:29
  • msg #392

Chapter 1: East Blue

Ipponmatsu raised an eyebrow to Thane’s request. He tilted his head, glancing upward, considering.

"Follow me," he said, shutting and locking the case behind him, then turning to walk toward the back of the store.

He lead Thane to what looked like a vacant storeroom, walls, floor, and ceiling all of plain, old wood, no other windows or doors. After they entered, he motioned to shut the door behind them. He put a palm to the wall opposite the door, and a hidden latch depressed a segment of wood. The walls on either side flipped over completely, rotating end over end, revealing a full collection of equipment and weapons, even specialized clothing, sheaths, etc.

"This is our line of shinobi gear," he said. "I figure if I’m whipping out the cursed swords today, I may as well show you this. Might be up your alley."

The entire collection was of one theme: blacks and dark browns, either silk, sharkskin, or rayskin wrapped handles, or a combination thereof. When handled, the weapons and tools were suspiciously quiet and non-reflective, despite possessing quality blades of nonmatte finish. Even the sheaths of the blades that had them matched the stealthy theme.

Some noteworthy implements included bracers affixed with retractable blades, a broad katar underneath the wrist and long neko-de (tiger claws) above the wrist. The mechanism could be activated at a touch, deploying one or the other. Releasing one would automatically retract the other were it already deployed. The bracers themselves fit so easily under sleeves that they were almost indistinguishable from simple padded armbands. There was a set of dark clothing, including soft shoes and a hood that covered everything but the eyes. They were designed to fit loose, but bunched up around the wrists and ankles.

There were also an enormous selection of thrown weapons, kunai, spike shuriken, and star shuriken. There were kama, kusari, jutte, sai, bo, naginata, a huge selection of different sized fukiya (blowpipes) and various types of darts, tonfa, kusarigama, kusarijutte, garrote, various tanto (knives), and nunchaku. There were even some bags of makibishi (caltrops) and strings of nageteppo (smoke and flash grenades).

Two weapons stood out from the rest. A pair of wakizashi hung crisscross in the center of one wall. They matched the rest of the gear, but unlike the other weapons, the blades themselves were solid, matte black, even the sharp edges. Engraved into the length of each blade was a series of symbols. There was also a black origami lotus sitting atop the blades, right where they crossed. The symbols etched into the metal read out together:

He who takes up these
Blades of Shadow...

...will become
The Shadow Himself

Ipponmatsu was glancing around casually, letting Thane inspect the collection, until he saw the pair of wakizashi himself. He stalked toward them with a furrowed brow and a stern frown.

"What is this? I don’t recall ever seeing these before, let along putting them here," he said. He turned back toward the door. "IPPONUME!"

"YES DEAR!"

"DID WE GET ANYTHING NEW FOR THE SHINOBI LINE?"

"YEAH. SOME GUYS DROPPED OFF A FEW THINGS THIS MORNING. SAID THERE WAS A NOTE FOR THE BUYER IN THERE."

"BUYER?"

"YEAH. THE WHOLE LOT IS PAID FOR, PLUS THE NEW STUFF. I GOT THE PURCHASE ORDER RIGHT HERE."

"Well, that’s unfortunate. Sorry, son. I didn’t realize someone had already bought our whole stock of this stuff. Would have been nice to know.... WHO BOUGHT ALL THIS STUFF?" he returned to yelling at his wife through the door.

"I DUNNO, BUT IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE PICKED UP ABOUT NOW BY SOME GUY NAMED THANE. NO LAST NAME."

"Thane," he said. "Isn’t that your name? Why didn’t you say you’d already bought everything! I’d have had it already packed up and ready to go. No need to make a show with the code words and whatnot. This ain’t a secret ninja hideout, after all."

Ipponmatsu slapped Thane on the back and let out a hardy chuckle, then set to packaging the entire room’s worth of equipment into boxes. He left the wakizashi and the black origami lotus for Thane, since he seemed fixated on them for the moment.
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 71 posts
Mon 29 Mar 2021
at 23:39
  • msg #393

Chapter 1: East Blue

Thane continued to stare at the pair of wakizashi on the wall, trying to process everything that Ipponmatsu had told him and the words etched on the blades. Thane didn't like either idea that came to him: that someone unknown had purchased all of this gear for him or, though less likely, that there was another Thane out there that would be coming for the gear. After weighing those options for a few moments, Thane musters up the courage andwalks over to the wall. He takes the pair of wakizashi off the wall and into his hands. "Will become The Shadow himself, huh," Thane said to himself, holding the wakizashi up to read the latter symbols etched on the blades.
Ori Kami
Origami Loremaster, 25 posts
Tue 30 Mar 2021
at 00:50
  • msg #394

Chapter 1: East Blue

What first looks like a white and lavender piece of paper slides under the door into the shinobi storeroom with Thane and Ipponmatsu. It keeps sliding under the door though until it is nearly six feet long. It appears to be human-shaped, but completely flat. The paper contorts, somehow inflates, and turns into Ori!

The Paper Crane has clearly been on quite the shopping trip. His threadbare clothes from the prison have been entirely replaced. He now wears a fashionable suit - mostly white with lavender trim. He sports a matching hat, tie, and even has some shiny cufflinks. His shoes appear to be a bit more functional than his attire, but still matching the outfit and obvious quality. Across the paper man's back is a marvelous cloak that almost appears to be made of many pieces of paper. Maybe Ori made it out of a bunch of origami, but it seems to flow like fabric? Silk gloves complete the look.

Glancing around the room, Ori marvels at all the hidden compartments. His eye is drawn to the origami lotus sitting where Thane left it after picking up the wakizashi.

Ori nods at his comrade and the new blades, but walks to the flower and says:

"Hiding in plain sight
Expertly crafted, a note
What will you tell me?"


Ori holds up the flower as if it is more precious than anything else in the room. With reluctance, he begins to unfold it carefully.
Ori Kami
Origami Loremaster, 26 posts
Tue 30 Mar 2021
at 01:20
  • msg #395

Chapter 1: East Blue

Ori keeps unfolding the flower until it lays completely flat in his palms. The creases have vanished, leaving no indication of what it was. Slowly, he turns to Thane with a bright smile and says,

"Gifts freely given
Paper Crane trusts them to you
Unbind The Shadow."


Ori gestures at all of the packed crates, and then makes sure to specifically emphasize the wakizashi.
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 72 posts
Tue 30 Mar 2021
at 02:07
  • msg #396

Chapter 1: East Blue

Thane startles upon Ori's entrance into the room, holding the pair of wakizashi in front of him defensively for a moment, but then quickly lowering his guard. "Ori, is this all your doing?" Thane asks shaking his head. "Anyway, you should know by know how uncomfortable I get with people behind me..." Then, the words Ori spoke registered in Thane's mind: "Wait, what do you mean by 'unbind'? Why can't you just speak normally?" Thane looks down again at the wakizashi in his hands, still flustered by Ori's sudden appearance. "Anyway, let's start getting all of this ready to take to the ship." Thane returns to the wall and grabs the saya from the wall and sheathes the two wakizashi.
This message was last edited by the player at 02:08, Tue 30 Mar 2021.
Will of D.
GM, 174 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Tue 30 Mar 2021
at 02:50
  • msg #397

Chapter 1: East Blue

As Thane grabbed the Wakizashi, he felt something change within him. He saw the weapons before him, and a strange awareness saturated his mind, an understanding of how it all worked together. He was . . . becoming the shadow . . . ?

If it wasn’t already obvious, Thane is sort of becoming a ninja!

When Ben mentioned Spirit Wood weapons, Ipponmatsu looked puzzled.

"Is that the same sturdy hard wood your friend’s new practice sword is made from?" he said. "Didn’t know that’s what it was called. Huh. Will make a note of that. Sounds like it would sell better than ‘mysterious hard wood,’ ha!"

He lead the group back out to the main storefront. Opening another sliding panel, he revealed a massive wooden sphere on the end of a long, thick haft. At first glance, the surface of the sphere looked to be carved with fine relief in a spiraling fractal pattern. Ben, however, recognized that once again this weapon had been grown like this, all of one piece. The sphere bulged slightly in the middle, and tapered slightly near the end, sort of a peaked end-cap shape standing out from the rest. Near the base of the sphere was a mirroring of the end cap design, but instead of faintly peaked tip, it folded inward a bit around the protruding haft. The haft itself was long and smooth, faintly tapered toward the butt end, which had a smaller version of the enormous round head as a butt cap.

There was not a single seam in the wood, not a knot nor the slightest imperfection. The entire weapon was coated with some sort of brushed brass gilding, giving it a muted metallic luster.

"I’ve had this one a long time. Few can manage the weight of it. It is named Kaumodaki, ‘Thunderstriker.’ She is rumored by some to have been the hammer of justice wielded by the gods. It’s unclear what exactly it does, though I doubt it has anything to do with actual thunder—the meaning is most likely the figurative one. There are few rumors of supernatural ability since it’s been so long since anyone has been able to wield it. It is, either way, an excellent quality gada."

He waved his hand and shook his head. "Who am I kidding. Just take it. I’ll never find someone else to buy it, and the money your friend payed for the shinobi gear is more than enough to cover it!"

Statistically, it’s an oversized, balanced Gada, but it’s ST requirement is 20† (meaning it requires ST 20 in two hands, but unlike a normal gada doesn’t become unready after attacking, and it has Parry 0 instead of 0U, so it can attack and parry in the same turn without becoming unready. Plus it weighs only 20 lbs!
Ori Kami
Origami Loremaster, 27 posts
Wed 31 Mar 2021
at 00:10
  • msg #398

Chapter 1: East Blue

Ori walks out with the others to see Ben's new weapon as if he was there the entire time they were all shopping.

As he walks past Leon, he takes a glance at Leon's new blade and says:

"That blade knows hatred
Test your soul and mind, it shall
I'm sure you'll be fine!"


Cloak billowing magnificently in the air, Ori walks over to Tony and says:

"Maybe not priceless
Treasure it is not, but these
Gifts I give to you."


From one of the many pockets in Ori's new outfit, the paper man pulls out a pair of rings and and some goggles. He puts one ring on his middle finger and the other on his thumb, and then snaps his finger. The rings are a bit too large for Ori, so he has to try it several times before he is able to snap it successfully where the rings strike each other and produce a spark. They look like they would be a perfect size for tiger hands though, and Ori gently hands them over.

As for the googles, Ori just proffers them and says:

"Eyes partake the light
Alcohol distorts that path
These may mitigate."


Direct from the GM -

Flintlock Rings: Two rings, one for the thumb, another for the middle finger. When the wearer snaps his fingers, the rings strike each other, creating a spark. This can be used to start a flame, light a cigarette, or ignite anything else flammable.

Drunk Goggles: A pair of goggles that simulate the visual impairment of drunkenness. For someone who is drunk, they cancel it out completely! This effectively gives +2 to Vision-based Perception rolls. The strange magnification affect allows a drunk wearer to ignore up to -2 worth of range penalties, and an aimed attack gets a +2 in addition to this effect. These effects are halved for a merely tipsy wearer, and exactly opposite for a sober person! Note that the goggles do not alleviate any other effects of alcohol.

Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 71 posts
Thu 1 Apr 2021
at 02:30
  • msg #399

Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony smiles as the rings slide easily onto his fingers and he tests their function. He grins and as he pulls the goggles onto his face and the world clears up before him. Colors become brighter, people become clearer, and buildings become stationary.

Tony marvels for a minute as he squints and can read the sign on a shop 4 stalls down as clear as in his hands. He laughs and spins in place, striking a pose with one hand on his hip and the other high in the sky, a quick snap and the tableau is completed with a small flame rising from his hand to the air, a faint gold glow coating his fir before leaving him laughing harder as he lunges to pull Ori into a bear...er...Tiger hug!
Will of D.
GM, 179 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Sun 4 Apr 2021
at 02:33
  • msg #400

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Down the street, just beyond sight, Tony saw some sort of commotion. Drawn by the flow of people, the Lionhearts found a small crowd gathering just outside a dark alley, people growing quieter as they drew closer to the mouth of the alley. Staring intently in the darkness, the people were captivated by something. Once close enough to see, they were delighted to find what looked like a wood-framed kiosk built into the alley, just beyond where shadows lengthened to darkness. The kiosk was lit by a lamp hanging on either side of the frame, a red felt curtain a few feet behind the counter.

"Stay out of my way, peasant, or you’ll taste my blade!" the sound came from a rough sounding man.

"Please, sir, don’t hurt him," said a young woman. "He’s only a child. He didn’t know that—"

CRACK! the sound of a backhand.

The woman began to cry.

"Please, sir—"

CRACK!

"That’s Your Majesty to you, worthless scum! Get out of my way, or so help me...."

zzzzing.... a blade rang as it slid from its scabbard.

The Lionhearts pushed through the crowd toward the commotion.

"The Pirate King shall not be given the pathetic title of sir, especially not from one as lowly as you,"

A forearm sized rag doll that looked like Gol. D. Roger stood at the edge of the counter, a tiny sword sewn into his puppet hand, pointed at a woman puppet clutching an even smaller toddler puppet.

The show continued for another ten minutes, retelling a twisted version of Roger’s conquest of the New World. The Navy were shown as heroes, bravely standing against him, stopping the homicidal maniac from subjugating the world under his terrifying rule, finally capturing the villain and bringing him switch justice. The crowd booed at Roger, and praised the Navy, gasping at pirate’s savage butchery and horror, cheering for the Navy heroes who sacrificed their lives to stop him.
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 72 posts
Sun 4 Apr 2021
at 21:31
  • msg #401

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony pushes through the crowd once he realizes what is happening and sits down with his legs crossed, edging small children out of his way as he sits for the show; a smiling damn near splitting his face in half as his as shine taking in the bright felt and cloth moved this way and that.

As the show went on, the hairs began to stand on the back of his neck and a slow growl began to bubble up from the bottom of his gut, growing slowly through the remainder of the show. He turns to look his brother in the eyes.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 88 posts
Mon 5 Apr 2021
at 14:07
  • msg #402

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

"Attention citizens of Loguetown!" Leon says leaping up onto a low wall overlooking the crowded square, "You have all been deceived! Gol D. Roger was an EPIC man! A legend who inspired a generation to seek fortune and glory in spite of the oppression visited upon them by the World Government!"

"I will not stand idly by while the government spouts this hateful nonsense about a heroic explorer, one who came from your very town! I could tell you stories of his heroism or about meeting him as a child, but I think you all know better then me what a hero he truly was." Leon says giving a sharp nod to his brother, "Gol D. Roger is your legacy Loguetown! Stop hiding from it and embrace with boldness the spirit of adventure!"

Talker! fail by 1; will spend 2 WCP to turn that into success by 9 instead.
This message was last edited by the player at 07:21, Tue 06 Apr 2021.
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 73 posts
Tue 6 Apr 2021
at 02:14
  • msg #403

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony looks upon his brother with adoration; so proud of him standing up for what he believes in and not backing down in the face of those who might disagree.
With Leon's nod, Tony reaches up and pulls down his new goggles and sights up the wooden kiosk and as his brother's voice reverberates "...spirit of adventure!!!" Tony snaps his new flint and extends both hands with a... "FIERY FLOURISH!!!" and he spews alcohol from his mouth and through the spark into a billowing belch of flame.

12 to hit for 27 damage
This message was last edited by the player at 04:26, Tue 06 Apr 2021.
Will of D.
GM, 180 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Tue 6 Apr 2021
at 14:31
  • msg #404

Chapter 1: East Blue

The whole puppet show erupted in flames. The tiny puppets collapsing immediately behind the counter of the stand. Smoke billowed up from the alleyway as the whole show was engulfed, the wood cracking and splitting as it came down in a heap.

The crowd gasped in fright, quieting as Leon spoke. Those nearest shied away, women clutching their children in fear. A few called out approval, but a pair of Marines stomped up to see what the commotion was, silencing the pirate’s supporters.

The crowd immediately began to disperse, leaving the Marines to deal with the fire. They asked around for who had stated it, but none gave away Tony. Some eyed Leon as they answered the Marines, shrugging as they said they didn’t see what happened. Others lingered near the Mink, one child tugging his arm and whispering thanks before trotting off with his parents. Some men simply nodded to him before walking away, a determined look in their eyes.

A small bird flittered down onto Leon’s shoulder. When it got close it became apparent that the bird was actually a puppet, albeit a very lifelike design.

"Hello there," it said with a familiar voice. "Quite the spectacle you’ve made. I’ve informed the resident Navy Captain of your presence here. He’ll be around shortly to collect you."

The voice was so familiar, like Leon had just heard it a few moments—that was it! It was the same man who made the fake Gol D. Roger voice, but speaking in a normal voice instead of a theatrical impression of the “evil” Pirate King.

"Oh, and they’ve already taken your ship. You may need to find another. Although, all the equipment and supplies on the ship have been stored in a warehouse by the docks. You might be able to recover them."
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 89 posts
Tue 6 Apr 2021
at 15:31
  • msg #405

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

"Thank you for the warning. Very sporting of you.... What may I call you, Puppetmaster?" Leon says, "In any case, tell the good navy captain to meet us down at the warehouses. We'll be more than happy to duke it out there away from the good citizen's houses."

"Alright Lionheart Pirates! Apparently, the Navy have seized our ship and stashed our stuff in a warehouse. But the good news doesn't end there! The Navy Captain has been summoned to apprehend us as well!" Leon says, "We are adequately equipped, armed, and ready for this. We need to retrieve our supplies, the Spirit Tree, and then steal a ship so we can go to the Grand Line. So let's get moving down the warehouses; this is gonna be EPIC!"
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 73 posts
Tue 6 Apr 2021
at 20:58
  • msg #406

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

"Captain, I'm going to approach the warehouse from the rooftops and keep an eye out from above," Thane says to Leon. After grabbing some of the new gear he had acquired at the Arms Shop, Thane sheathes his new shadow blades on his back and enters an alleyway. Soon after he warps onto the rooftop of a nearby building, and begins heading toward the warehouse.

I rolled success for my warp and body sense (both success by 5), but failed my perception check after warping.
This message was last edited by the player at 00:21, Sun 11 Apr 2021.
Ori Kami
Origami Loremaster, 28 posts
Tue 6 Apr 2021
at 22:34
  • msg #407

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

While Leon is busy shouting, Ori is quickly folding up a piece of paper. He whispers to it, and a paper crane flies forth! It flaps around the burned puppet show a few times before landing among the Marines.

Those close enough hear Ori whisper:

"Taking flight anew
Daring dreams, future aglow
Let our legend grow"

Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 74 posts
Tue 6 Apr 2021
at 23:47
  • msg #408

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony walks closer to his brother, grabs the small puppet and with a single claw cuts the fine string connected to it, but stares at the empty air his sharp claw just passed through unhampered. He looks down at the bird and gasps.

12 to grab the bird
Will of D.
GM, 181 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Wed 7 Apr 2021
at 02:13
  • msg #409

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

"I see my reputation precedes me," said the bird. "I won’t be giving Dryden more information than is necessary to keep up appearances. I did not turn over your ship, by the way. I only notified him of your presence here."

The Tony snatched the bird from Leon’s shoulder. It did look like a marionette puppet, but with no strings anywhere. It turned its head to look at Tony.

"You’re welcome to keep the bird, if you’re so fond of it."
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 75 posts
Sat 10 Apr 2021
at 22:26
  • msg #410

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

"Fantastic!!" Tony cheered and gave the bird a pet on the head and smiled. He reaches with the other hand and pulls open the pocket on his vest and puts the bird in it carefully, leaving his little head peaking out. He then nods to his brother and starts toward their stuff.
Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 51 posts
Stoneman and Shipwright
Stoney Pidgeon man
Sat 10 Apr 2021
at 23:33
  • msg #411

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Ben ready his brilliant new weapon and says to the captain “Please, even if we lose everything else, we must save the tree. I’ll build you a new boat even. I don’t know if I can leave here without it if we can still save it.”
Will of D.
GM, 183 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Sun 11 Apr 2021
at 00:34
  • msg #412

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

The bird went silent and still as Tony placed it in his pocket.

Heading toward the docks, the Lionhearts found the warehouse a few blocks in from the sea. The people bustling on the streets dwindled as they approached the building.

The warehouse was locked up tight, huge chains and padlocks strapping the barn doors shut. The windows were all barred, and every other entry door was sealed somehow from the inside. There did not appear to be any guards, and the alleyways surrounding the large building were eerily quiet.

How you gonna get inside? :)
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 90 posts
Sun 11 Apr 2021
at 03:16
  • msg #413

Chapter 1: East Blue

"Fear not Mr. Livingston. The spirit tree is under my protection. I will leave here with it or die in the trying."



From up on a building a few blocks away, Leon surveys the warehouse, the eerie stillness of the surrounding streets, and the visible security placed upon the doors. He checks his sword belt for reassurance, then turns to his crew and addresses them, "Lionheart Pirates! The Navy has all our stuff in that warehouse. Judging by how secure it is and how empty the streets are they've laid an ambush. I'm going down there to trigger it."

"Ori, I want everyone winged up. When they ambush me I want all of you to swoop in and ambush them back." Leon instructs, "In order to recover the Spirit Tree we must completely defeat and subdue every marine they throw at us. Work together and watch each other's backs."

"Tony, please don't light our warehouse on fire... Leon says, "Everyone, remember we're up against Navy Captain Dryden who has some sort of mind control power, so be aware of that. Any questions, comments, or suggestions?"

Impulsiveness success by 0. Wanted to justify taking time to lay out a plan as opposed to running in. The Spirit Tree is important after all.
Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 52 posts
Stoneman and Shipwright
Stoney Pidgeon man
Mon 12 Apr 2021
at 13:50
  • msg #414

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

“Thank you, Leon.” Ben says with relief in his voice.“Thane, would you like to set up an ambush? If there are many of them you can teleport me into to middle of them, and I can knock them off their feet.” He says readying his new weapon Kaumodaki.
This message was last edited by the player at 14:05, Mon 12 Apr 2021.
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 74 posts
Mon 12 Apr 2021
at 14:03
  • msg #415

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Warping down from the rooftop he had been surveying the warehouse from, Thane appears behind Ben, "Sounds like a fun plan," he says with a huge grin. "I think I'll tag along," Thane says as he draws his new wakizashi in preparation for the ambush with Ben.

Failed perception roll from on the rooftops, so I don't notice anything. Success for warp and body sense to come down to Ben. Success for fast draw of wakizashi as well.
Ori Kami
Origami Loremaster, 29 posts
Mon 12 Apr 2021
at 21:54
  • msg #416

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

At Leon's direction, Ori begins to craft paper wings for everyone. It only takes a few seconds before everyone is handed a paper backpack with sheathed wings. He holds up 9 fingers, and mimes counting down.

He heads off by himself to the back of the warehouse and looks for a door or window crack to slip through. Just before he leaves earshot, he says:

"A bit of chaos
A dash of peculiar
The Navy is doomed"

Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 76 posts
Tue 13 Apr 2021
at 02:05
  • msg #417

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony smiles and pulls his goggles down over his eyes, magnifying them to those looking back at him for dizzying proportions. "Let's get our stuff back"
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 91 posts
Tue 13 Apr 2021
at 23:58
  • msg #418

Chapter 1: East Blue

With the other members of his crew taking their positions for a counter-ambush, Leon calmly marches down the cobblestone street that leads to the warehouse. Confident in his plan, his new weapons, and his brother at his side Leon strides to the intersection of streets right outside the building where their stolen property and Spirit Tree now reside. He grips his hand on the hilt of The Heart of Odium and bellows,

"THIEVING.

NAVY.

SCUM.

COME AND FACE ME!"


Talker! success by 3, will spend 1 WCP to make that success by 8. Doubtless ineffective on Captain Dryden, but for the mooks he'll have with him I want them to be Intimidated.
This message was last edited by the player at 00:02, Wed 14 Apr 2021.
Will of D.
GM, 185 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Wed 14 Apr 2021
at 03:02
  • msg #419

Chapter 1: East Blue

The alleys around the warehouse echoed with Leon’s challenge, fading to sullen silence. For a few moments, nothing happened. He was about to call out again when the door pushed open in front of him.

"Ummm, can I help you?" said a Navy soldier.

He had no rifle on his back and no sword at his side. Sleeves rolled up, pouring sweat from some sort of heavy labor, the man removed his Marine cap and wiped his brow with his forearm.

Eying Leon’s stance with the blade gripped ready to draw, the soldier reacted from training, reaching for weapons that weren’t there. He quivered visibly as his mind raced for what to do.

"Hold it mister, thi—this is a Navy storage warehouse. Y- y- you don’t want trouble. Plenty of guards inside. Now off with you!"

He put on the meanest looking face he could must, coupled with his shaking knees was rather pathetic.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 92 posts
Wed 14 Apr 2021
at 03:16
  • msg #420

Chapter 1: East Blue

"My name is Leon D. Hart, Captain of the Lionheart Pirates! The Navy has my things in that warehouse." Leon states, "Marine, you are quite wrong. I want as much trouble as you can muster; if you don't have anything for me then go fetch someone who does!"

Intentions boldly stated, Leon marches straight up to the warehouse to yank the door open and head inside.
This message was last edited by the player at 03:17, Wed 14 Apr 2021.
Will of D.
GM, 186 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Wed 14 Apr 2021
at 04:40
  • msg #421

Chapter 1: East Blue

Leon pushed past the Marine, who was too stunned to react much less try to stop him. Inside the warehouse, a dozen or so other Marines worked organizing, cataloguing, and packaging equipment. The Lionheart’s ship was not the only one impounded. There were at least two other ships worth of stuff lying around in piles, but theirs was at least mostly organized on the far side of the large, open room.

Ori had slipped under the door on the far side, by their gear. The Spirit Wood Tree was still in the larger plot of soil where Ben had transplanted it, the whole thing just cut right out of the deck of the ship. No one seemed to notice the man in white and lavender.

Thane and Ben popped into the midst of the room, surrounded by soldiers set to the boring task of sifting through “taxed” loot.

When Leon pushed the door open, everyone just looked at him confused.

"Uh, sir, you can’t be in here," said the officer in charge, turning to face the Mink. "Navy warehouse, citizen. Move along."

The little bird in Tony’s pocket perked up.

"I told you I wouldn’t be telling Dryden more than necessary. He has men trying to track you from the market, where I told him you were seen, and some lying in wait near where your ship was docked—they aren’t really hiding, just waiting for you to show up. By my count, his Marines should be here in a few minutes. Do try not to get killed, gentlemen."

"The captain is after you?" snapped the officer. "Men, get them!"

The soldiers scattered across the room looked dumbfounded. They glanced around for their weapons, which had been set aside for convenience. Scrambling to set things down in an orderly fashion, they tried not to trip as they slowly moved toward the side of the room where weapons were stowed.

"Oh dear. I suppose I should probably look around before blabbing. Well, you should be fine."

With that, the bird went still again.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 93 posts
Wed 14 Apr 2021
at 13:02
  • msg #422

Chapter 1: East Blue

"Lionheart Pirates. Take them out!" Leon orders and lunges forward with his new Spirit Wood Bokken to strike the confused soldiers.

"EARLY BIRD STRIKES!"

Quadruple Rapid Strike, will use 3 WCP to buy up the critical failure, all others succeed.
28, 34, 22, & 31 crushing damage.


HP: 20/20     FP: 12/12     WCP: 9/12
This message was last edited by the player at 14:04, Wed 14 Apr 2021.
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 75 posts
Wed 14 Apr 2021
at 13:58
  • msg #423

Chapter 1: East Blue

Thane turns to the nearest marine and attacks with his newly acquired wakizashi, "Twin Shadow: Fade to Black!"


Do you need me to make a body sense roll for after the passenger warp, and should I lose FP for the Passenger warp like I normally do?

Double Strike Attacks one fail by 2 and 1 success by 1. Defend at -2 for deceptive.

Double Strike Damage: 16 (failed other one).

6/6 WCP       10/12 FP        13/13 HP

This message was last edited by the player at 01:12, Fri 16 Apr 2021.
Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 53 posts
Stoneman and Shipwright
Stoney Pidgeon man
Thu 15 Apr 2021
at 21:31
  • msg #424

Chapter 1: East Blue

Ben slams down with Kamoudaki, and tries to knock as many off their feet as possible
“ROOT TREMOR!!!”
As he slams it down as hard as he can, making the wooden floor move in a wave like pattern
Spend one FP.Success by 3.  Ben does 28 knockback damage!    12/13 FP
This message was last edited by the player at 11:02, Tue 20 Apr 2021.
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 77 posts
Thu 15 Apr 2021
at 22:57
  • msg #425

Chapter 1: East Blue

Along side his brother, Tony charges into the soldiers, his claws unsheathed and arms out slightly to the side as he runs not toward a soldier, but threading himself between two, attempting to claw both of them, a faint crackling as he builds up a current to hit them with Electro. "DRUNK STUMBLES THROUGH CROWD"

7 to hit with left claw, 14 damage plus 4 burn. 11 with right hand (second) will use WCP if needed, but I believe success by at least 1, 12 damage plus 7 burn.

HP 11/11 SP 12/12 WCP 10/12 FP 12/12
This message was lightly edited by the GM at 16:40, Sat 17 Apr 2021.
Ori Kami
Origami Loremaster, 30 posts
Fri 16 Apr 2021
at 00:29
  • msg #426

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Ori rapidly moves forward through the air directly into a cluster of soldiers. A storm of paper shards appears all around the Paper Crane, slicing up the soldiers that failed to dive out of the way. After the brief storm subsides, Ori says:

"Silence in the eye
Cruelty on the outside
Meet my Paper Storm!"


All soldiers within 2 yards of Ori take 14 cut unless they can manage to dive for cover.

HP: 10/10     FP: 12/12     Paper: 14/20
Will of D.
GM, 187 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Sat 17 Apr 2021
at 17:01
  • msg #427

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

The Lionheart Pirates raced into action, cutting the Marines off before they could grab weapons.

Leon’s quick bokken strikes rendered two of the soldiers unconscious, eyes white and huge lumps forming on their skulls. The other two backed away, eyes wide with fright at the speedily onslaught.

Thane dropped one with a shadow blade strike, the man crying out as he collapsed.

Ben smashed the ground, a wave moving outward around him. The two Marines next to him lost their footing, faces meeting the ground with a solid thunk!

Tony leapt into drunken action, razor sharp claws coursing with electricity meeting the flesh of two foes, sending them to the ground, hair singed and standing on end.

As Ori approach a group, a couple dove out of the way, but two were enveloped in a storm of tiny pieces of paper. When the storm subsided, they were covered with tiny slices, their uniforms in tatters as they fell unconscious.

The last few Marines threw up their hands and fell to their knees in surrender.

"The captain will be here soon, I’m sure," said one who looked more or less in charge. "He’ll rescue us and take you all down!"

What’s the plan? You’ve got more Navy on the way here. You’ll have to figure out how to get all your equipment to the docks and onto a ship, and find a suitable ship actually, but you’ve got a few options for how to proceed: (1) set up an ambush for the pursuers, (2) just flee for the docks and leave the tails in the dust, or if you have other ideas?
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 76 posts
Sat 17 Apr 2021
at 20:37
  • msg #428

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

"Well, if Dryden is on his way, we better prepare Captain," Thane said to Leon as he sheathes his wakizashi. "I'll lay out so makibishi in some strategic places, and choose a nice perch in the rafters to watch the back entrance." Thane then sets out and puts makibishi in front of the warehouse entrances (both front and back), and then some around their the stuff from their old ship that had been taken to the warehouse. Afterward, he warps his navigational gear to a safe, hidden location nearby, then warps himself up to the rafters near the back entrance and takes out a smoke nageteppo in his left hand and 4 shuriken in his right (2 of each type) in preparation for the ambush.


Success on stealth by 1
This message was last edited by the player at 13:17, Thu 22 Apr 2021.
Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 54 posts
Stoneman and Shipwright
Stoney Pidgeon man
Tue 20 Apr 2021
at 11:16
  • msg #429

Chapter 1: East Blue

Ben is going to have a quick look around for their stuff. Primarily for the Spirit Wood Tree, and secondly to make sure they have the right ship.
This message was last edited by the player at 18:37, Tue 20 Apr 2021.
Ori Kami
Origami Loremaster, 31 posts
Tue 20 Apr 2021
at 18:15
  • msg #430

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Watching closely to make sure Tony does not see, Ori folds up an origami albatross and sends it out the warehouse back door. He sends it soaring above the warehouse, hoping to see exactly when Dryden's forces arrive.
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 78 posts
Wed 21 Apr 2021
at 04:25
  • msg #431

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony sees Thane spreading out the makibishi and he gets an idea. He looks around and finds what he is looking for, a few buckets of water. He grabs them and goes to one set of traps and pours the water onto the ground around the makibishi making sure not to pour too quickly and disturb the spikes. After pouring all around the objects he starts to back toward the other set, pouring a connected line toward the other set of makibishi. Then he repeats the pour around these and backs away, a steady stream continuing until he backs into a nice spot where he can see both entrances. He looks at his handiwork and nods, then finds a place to lie in wait, his spark gloves hovering above the water.

stealth roll of 4
This message was last edited by the player at 04:43, Wed 21 Apr 2021.
Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 55 posts
Stoneman and Shipwright
Stoney Pidgeon man
Thu 22 Apr 2021
at 18:31
  • msg #432

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Ben will be hide in the walkway above and ready an ambush from above once they enter the warehouse.

Success by three in stealth, rolled an 11 to beat 14
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This message was last edited by the player at 18:32, Thu 22 Apr 2021.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 94 posts
Thu 22 Apr 2021
at 19:19
  • msg #433

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Leon nods in satisfaction at the preparations of his crew, they were playing this situation to their strengths and that should make things easier. His strengths however were more suited to directly confronting the enemy with his sword, so he sets himself up in the middle of the warehouse where he can see both doors and leans on a crate to wait for the Marines coming to apprehend them. He sings a loud work song while they wait, hopefully if he acts as a distraction it will help his crew's ambush succeed.

"Oooooooooh...
What do yah do with a drunken pirate?
What do yah do with a drunken pirate?
What do yah do with a drunken pirate, err-lie in the morning!?

Yah put him in longboat 'til he's sober.
Put him in longboat 'til he's sober.
Put him in longboat 'til he's sober; err-lie in the morning!"

This message was last edited by the player at 20:04, Thu 22 Apr 2021.
Will of D.
GM, 190 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Fri 23 Apr 2021
at 12:35
  • msg #434

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Within a half hour, the entire warehouse was surrounded by Marines. Scouts tried to see through the windows to no avail, and squads of soldiers awaited orders from their Lieutenant, a short man with vibrant green hair pulled back and tied in a low tail at the nape of his neck. He wore a grin contrasted with a furrowed brow, and his clean shaven face was like chiseled stone. The man was well-built despite his size, and had a commanding aura with the other Marines.

"Someone is singing in there," said the Lietutenant, chuckling to himself. "Have we confirmed the Lionhearts are holed up inside?"

"Yes, Lieutenant Chive!" said one of the scouts, snapping to attention. "One of our own tailed them here and hasn’t seen them leave from either entrance. We have them surrounded!"

"Excellent," said Chive. "Move in on my mark. One squad each entrance, followed by two more each. Keep the rest on reserve in case they try to make their own exit."

As ordered, a squad of 10 went to each doorway, ready to breach on command. The command given, the Marines bursted through the doorways and into the warehouse. Most of the soldiers in each squad stepped on multiple makibishi. They collapsed, clutching their feet in debilitating pain. Three Marines remained on each side, two holding rifles, and the sergeant of each squad holding a saber.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 95 posts
Fri 23 Apr 2021
at 18:28
  • msg #435

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

"Yah put him in bed with the captain's daughter.
Put him in bed with the captain's daughter.
Put him in bed with the captain's daughter, err-lie in the morning!"
Leon pauses his singing a moment, "Oooo... Hey watch your step there!"

Then without warning he takes a flying leap across the space between the remains of one squad drawing his bokken as he goes. With a flourish he strikes the sergeant and each marine in turn.

"Bokken Technique: RAPID HAMMER!"

Flying Leap success!
Fast Draw success!
Triple Rapid Strike Success!
30, 28, & 32 crushing damage!


HP: 20/20     FP: 12/12     KP: 12/12     DP: 2/2
This message was last edited by the player at 16:06, Tue 27 Apr 2021.
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 79 posts
Sat 24 Apr 2021
at 16:24
  • msg #436

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Through his concentration, Tony senses more than sees the enemies fall from the traps and then hears the commotion as Leon knocks some others to the ground. He smiles, takes a deep breath and lets out a breath as his hand hovers over the water leading from him to both areas of ambush and whispers "Secret Sake" He feels a small shift within him and watches as the water on the floor shimmers almost invisibly and becomes slightly murky, but indistinguishable to anyone not paying attention.

9 to change water, which is at least a success by 1, I'm not sure what my Sake Talent is.

HP 11/11 SP 11/12 WCP 10/12 FP 12/12
This message was last edited by the player at 16:29, Sat 24 Apr 2021.
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 77 posts
Sat 24 Apr 2021
at 16:40
  • msg #437

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Thane goes into action, throwing his readied shuriken, one star at each marine with a rifle and both spike shuriken at the marine with the saber. As those are in the air, heading towards the marines, Thane also lobs the smoke nageteppo he had been holding as well: "Fangs of the Wolf Pack: Shrouded Barrage!"


Rolled successes for shuriken attacks.

Damage for the star shuriken: 20 and 21 respectively (with surprise damage)

Damage for the spike shuriken: 18 and 17 respectively (with surprise damage)

Ori Kami
Origami Loremaster, 32 posts
Tue 27 Apr 2021
at 05:02
  • msg #438

Chapter 1: East Blue

Ori casually relaxes on top of some crates in the warehouse. He has his eyes closed and appears to be meditating. Right before the Marines breach, he says loudly for the benefit of his comrades:

"The first wave comes in
Ten to the front, ten in back
Will they see the trap?"


Knowing that his comrades can easily handle the remaining Marines, Ori munches on some of the wooden crates.

AoD Double

Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 56 posts
Stoneman and Shipwright
Stoney Pidgeon man
Tue 27 Apr 2021
at 14:27
  • msg #439

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Ben will ready a cannonball in one hand and keep Kaumodaki in his other hand, but will wait as well.

I thought there would be more... He thinks to himself

He then hears clamoring outside
Never mind...
This message was last edited by the player at 21:21, Tue 27 Apr 2021.
Will of D.
GM, 191 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Thu 29 Apr 2021
at 00:22
  • msg #440

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Thane and Leon took down the remaining Marines with expertise. The first wave was down in a second. The second wave came through right as the last man fell, shouting a battle cry: "For the Navy!"

Twenty Marines came in through each door, blades bared and swinging at the first pirate in their way. For the Marines barreling through some smoke, that was nothing. They pushed past the smoke and spread out slightly in the room, trying to get their bearings. For those entering by Leon, the target was him. They surrounded him and pressed their attacks with a bestial ferocity.

The 20 by the smoke are spread out around the smoke, just at the edge of it in a sort of semi-circle.

The 20 by Leon all try to attack him. They can only pack so tight, though, so only 12 attacks to defend against:
5, 8, 5, 5, 7, 8, 5, 7, 11, 7, 6, and 7 cutting damage if you fail to defend.

Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 96 posts
Thu 29 Apr 2021
at 02:29
  • msg #441

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Leon's teeth are bared in a grin of excitement at the thrill of combat as he downs the remains first wave. He turns to face the second wave with his bokken in a high guard. His eyes widen at the sight of so many marines, but his grin only grows to maniacal proportions.

The marines all attack at once and Leon's bokken is a blur as it smoothly deflects each attack in turn, with Leon deftly stepping out of the way of the last blow. His confidence at an all time high, he strikes the leading marines, "My turn! RAPID HAMMER!"

10/12 successful defenses, will spend WCP to buy the other two, and the 10th was a critical success.
Quadruple Rapid Strike Success!
34, 31, 31, & 25 crushing damage!


HP: 20/20     FP: 12/12     KP: 10/12     DP: 2/2
This message was last edited by the player at 13:18, Thu 29 Apr 2021.
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 78 posts
Thu 29 Apr 2021
at 16:02
  • msg #442

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Thane sees the large group of marines pouring into the warehouse of the second wave and springs into action. Drawing 4 shuriken into each hand (spikes in his right and stars in his left), he hurls them at the incoming marines that had come through the smoke, hoping to eliminate as many as possible before his position was found: "Fangs of the Wolfpack: Howling Barrage!"

Failed one fast draw by 1, so used one WCP to buy success. Success on all attacks. Damage was as follows (I assumed sneak attack damage), each shuriken at a different marine if possible: 17,13,18,21,12,16,21,17

5/6 WCP, 10/12 FP, 13/13 HP

This message was last edited by the player at 16:03, Thu 29 Apr 2021.
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 80 posts
Thu 29 Apr 2021
at 16:21
  • msg #443

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony grins, showing his sharp teeth as he hears his brother beating each badguy about the head and torso and then wider as he hears the sounds of Thane's projectiles thud into each villain on his side. As there is an obvious push back from both entrances he slides the items in his palm against eachother, creating sparks that immediately find the fumes in the air and ignite the trail of alcohol he had laid down. The dark patch of Sake slowly becomes orange dancing flames the spread first to the entrance by Leon and his foes, then back across the warehouse toward those injured by Thane.
Ori Kami
Origami Loremaster, 33 posts
Mon 3 May 2021
at 13:50
  • msg #444

Chapter 1: East Blue

Ori continues to sit on his crates inside the warehouse. The paper albatross outside though begins to lose altitude and head in the direction of the Lieutenant outside.

Inside Ori chants, and outside the albatross echoes:

"Battles ebb and flow
Surging forth, death lurks nearby
He's calling for you!"


Pilot the albatross. Move the paper toward the Marine giving orders outside.
Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 57 posts
Stoneman and Shipwright
Stoney Pidgeon man
Tue 4 May 2021
at 14:45
  • msg #445

Chapter 1: East Blue

Ben throws a cannonball at one of the marines surrounding the captain, and then will wait and see what happens from the catwalk

Success by 5,  Ben does 14 damage
Will of D.
GM, 194 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Sat 8 May 2021
at 17:18
  • msg #446

Chapter 1: East Blue

Leon’s bokken was like a wall of wood, deflecting each strike as they pressed their attacks. The very last parry knocked the blade from the attacker’s hands, but the man seemed all the more determined. Leon attacked so fast that the marines could barely react. Part of the wave in front of him collapsed, including the one who had lost his weapon.

Thane dropped 8 marines at the opposite entrance, using the cover of the smoke to take them unaware.

Tony sparked the alcohol into flames that shot out in either direction, then engulfed the entrances. The fire enveloped half the marines on either side, leaving them in a panic as their clothes erupted in flames.

Ben hurled a small cannonball into the back of one of Leon’s attackers. He stumbled forward, passing Leon and tripping on a fallen ally, then face planted into another marine, both falling unconscious.

Ori sent his paper albatross towards the Lieutenant. The marine raised an eyebrow at the oddity before pulling a flintlock revolver and shooting at the paper bird. You can Dodge for it at -4, otherwise it’s destroyed! I’m gonna say it probably had a Dodge of 8 normally.



The marines not on fire (4 by Leon, 2 by Thane) went through a strange transformation. In an eye-blink, their eyes glazed over, then went solid, glowing red. Their faces contorted into a rage, and they gritted their teeth in fury before attacking like rabid beasts. They struck wildly, heedless of their own danger, trying to slash through anything in their path.

The four by Leon converged on him, while the two by Thane’s entrance charged mindlessly toward Tony, not noticing Thane.

Leon gets attacked 8 times, one of which is a crit!

The other two are charging full speed at Tony, but won’t make it there until next round.

Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 79 posts
Sat 8 May 2021
at 18:13
  • msg #447

Chapter 1: East Blue

Seeing the transformation of the two marines that had come through the back entrance, Thane knew he needed to take care of them, while his crewmates covered the front. Noticing that the marines hadn't spotted him yet, Thane draws more shuriken into his hands and sends multiple towards each transformed marine: "Fangs of the Wolfpack: Howling Barrage!"


Success on fast draw, and drew 4 of each shuriken. Success on all attacks.

I assumed sneak attack damage because they didn't spot me.
Damage for transformed marine 1: 57 (2 of each type of shuriken)
Damage for transformed marine 2: 63 (2 of each type of shuriken)

5/15 of each type of shuriken

5/6 WCP, 10/12 FP, 13/13 HP

Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 97 posts
Mon 10 May 2021
at 15:43
  • msg #448

Chapter 1: East Blue

Leon's smile grows ever wider as the fire consumes many of his foes. He deftly bats aside all the incoming attacks, though it is still a strain, then he follows up with another barrage of attacks himself,

"RAPID HAMMER!"

6/8 successful defenses, will spend WCP to buy the other two.
Telegraphic Quadruple Rapid Strike, all successes, and the third is a critical success!
28, 32, 29, & 30 crushing damage!


HP: 20/20     FP: 12/12     KP: 8/12     DP: 2/2
This message was last edited by the player at 14:35, Thu 13 May 2021.
Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 58 posts
Stoneman and Shipwright
Stoney Pidgeon man
Thu 13 May 2021
at 13:50
  • msg #449

Chapter 1: East Blue

Ben is gonna wait in the shadows for the and ready a cannonball. “Did we get them all?”
This message was last edited by the player at 15:49, Thu 13 May 2021.
Ori Kami
Origami Loremaster, 34 posts
Fri 14 May 2021
at 00:32
  • msg #450

Chapter 1: East Blue

Ori does not try to make the paper albatross dodge at all. He keeps it on course, knowing it would be destroyed and rain paper fragments down around the Lieutenant.

As the origami creation disintegrates outside, Ori wakes up inside. His hands are a blur as he creates yet another pair of wings for himself, ready to help the others repel the last of the breaching Marines.

Ready Maneuver

HP: 10/10     FP: 12/12     Paper: 13/20
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 81 posts
Fri 14 May 2021
at 02:59
  • msg #451

Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony watches the two charge him and nods to Thane as the fall to the ground, their backs pincushioned with his thrown weapons. He then takes a deep breath, stares at the open door his brother is guarding and looking past the burning bodies of those who fell to his trap, prepares a blinding shot.

Ready maneuver
Will of D.
GM, 197 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Sat 15 May 2021
at 22:47
  • msg #452

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

The last of the marines went down, their faces frozen twisted in a pure rage.

Then the wall of the warehouse exploded. Shards of wood blasted across the room, a cloud of dust surrounding the figure of the Lieutenant Chive.

"I always preferred to do things myself," he said. "But there are too many of you."

He snapped his fingers. The faces of the 40 marines behind him went completely blank, eyes solid white and sightless.

"Show no mercy. Show no fear. End them all."

He snapped again, and their eyes went solid red, faces stern but not as twisted as their comrades had been a moment before. They showed determination rather than unbridled fury.

"Go!"

The wave of soldiers rushed into the room, spreading out in every direction, heading toward the pirates with swords drawn and guns raised. Those with guns split once through the opening in the wall, spreading out along the sides of the room, scanning for targets.

Chive remained the new side entrance, hands behind his back, Navy coat draped across his shoulders, sleeves blowing empty in the draft caused by the large hole.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 98 posts
Sat 15 May 2021
at 23:15
  • msg #453

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

"I've got the leader! Lionheart Pirates attack!" Leon says as he charges toward Lieutenant Chive then leaps through the air with his weapon stretched behind him crackling with electricity. He closes the distance in an instant and brings the Spirit Wood Bokken to bear.

"BOKKEN TECHNIQUE: HAMMER THROW!"

Running Flying Leap fail; will spend WCP to buy success!
-5 Deceptive Flying Leap success!
72 crushing damage and 22 electro damage!


HP: 20/20     FP: 11/12     KP: 7/12     DP: 2/2
This message was last edited by the player at 04:16, Sun 16 May 2021.
Ori Kami
Origami Loremaster, 35 posts
Tue 18 May 2021
at 04:59
  • msg #454

Chapter 1: East Blue

Ori flies forward, stopping about 10 yards from the center of the fight. His fingers become a complete blur as multiple paper razors fly toward the Marines on Leon's right.

"The mighty will fall
Not from one, but the many
Death by paper cut"


Spraying Fire - The first five Marines on Leon's right
All 14 are successes. I figured at least 1 went to waste due to 1-2 yards between targets.
Target 1 - RoF 4 , Recoil 1 - 8/11/9/13 cut
Target 2 - RoF 3 , Recoil 2 - 12/7/14 cut
Target 3 - RoF 3 , Recoil 3 - 14/10/10 cut
Target 4 - RoF 2 , Recoil 4 - 7/11 cut
Target 5 - RoF 2 , Recoil 5 - 5/10 cut


HP: 10/10     FP: 12/12     Paper: 12/20
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 82 posts
Tue 18 May 2021
at 12:56
  • msg #455

Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony's eyes widen behind his goggles as a wall of men enter through the blasted wall. He shrugs and thinks if they dont care about property damage, why should he? Then *fwoom* he tosses a sake bomb toward the center of the tightest group of soldiers he can see. "Shot of Fireball!"

9 to hit, 9 damage.

HP 11/11 SP 9/12 WCP 10/12 FP 12/12
This message was last edited by the player at 12:57, Tue 18 May 2021.
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 80 posts
Wed 19 May 2021
at 02:58
  • msg #456

Chapter 1: East Blue

Seeing numerous marines start storming the warehouse, Thane decides to again damage as many of them as he can. Drawing 4 shuriken per hand (2 of each type per hand). Continuing to use the element of surprise, Thane hurls one shuriken at 8 different marines: "Fangs of the Wolf Pack: Howling Barrage!"


Rolled successes for drawing shuriken. Rolled successes for all 8 attacks. Damage as follows: 16,19,12,17,19,18,16,12. Again, I assumed sneak attack damage.

1/15 of each type of shuriken

5/6 WCP, 10/12 FP, 13/13 HP

Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 59 posts
Stoneman and Shipwright
Stoney Pidgeon man
Fri 21 May 2021
at 14:11
  • msg #457

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

(Ben will aim at the boss’ bodyguards if he has some, if not he will find the side with the most enemies and throw it there)
With a calculated glint in his eye, Ben finds the best option and throws it like a fastball from a pitchers mound.

11 to hit, and 12 damage
Will of D.
GM, 199 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Mon 6 Sep 2021
at 13:58
  • msg #458

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Ori released a torrent of razor sharp papers at the line of marines holding guns just to one side of Leon. The soldiers had a grizzly determination, but they still went down without much trouble. They all tried to duck and weave to avoid the spray of paper, but only one emerged from the attack unscathed. The rest collapsed, their eyes going blank and white.

Tony lobbed a ball of flames that exploded into burning fragments on impact. The primary target couldn’t move fast enough to avoid a direct hit. The marine collapsed, his entire body blackened, eyes blank and white. 4 of other 8 marines in the immediate area avoided the spray of sparks from the epicenter. The other half’s clothes caught fire, and they went down as well.

Thane unleashed his storm of shuriken from the shadows. They were not caught by surprise, as their fallen allies had been, but the shuriken that hit took them down regardless. Only two remained standing.

Ben wound up and shot a cannonball like out it was a baseball. The ball plowed its target onto the wall nearby, cracking the boards with a sickening crunch.

Leon closed the distance to Lt. Chive, bokken coursing with electricity as he swung. Chive smiled, and time seemed to stretch out. He raised an arm to stop the blow. The strike impacted with a crack and sizzle. Chive screamed in pain as his arm snapped, and flesh burned from the Electro.

Chive’s hair had fallen from of its ponytail, now draping over his lowered head. Throwing back his hair, he kept the smile, though now through gritted teeth.

"Haven’t you heard," he whispered. "Onions are anti-inflammatory…. CHAIBU-CHAIBU-NO…. ANTI-INFLAMMATION!"

The smell of cooked onions arose from the wound, but the singed flesh faded into normal skin, and his broken arm reknit itself almost instantly.

"Now witness the might of the Chive-Chive Fruit!" he said, waves of energy rising from his skin… like… the smell of onions, a hundred times over!

"CHAIBU-CHAIBU-NO TEAR GAS!"

The waves of onion smell stretched out across the entire room, irritating the eyes of all the pirates. None of the Marines were affected by it at all.

The Marines converged on the pirates in a coordinated attack, slashing and shooting, trying to surround them and gun them down.

Anyone can give me the better of Per or IQ to get an idea for why the marines aren’t affected. Roll before the penalties (if any) from below:

Everyone make a HT-5 roll to resist the onion tears. Failure means a penalty equal to your margin on attack rolls, and half that penalty (round in your favor) on defense rolls. Failure by 10 or more means you’re effectively blind! This effect lasts for a number of seconds equal to your margin of failure, the penalty reducing by 1 (or 1/2 for defense rolls) each second.

Then the marines take their turns to attack:

Leon gets flanked by 4 runaround attacks: Defend 4 times, or take 13, 8, 8, and 14 cutting damage.

Ori gets shot at by 5! Dodge 5 shots, or take 11, 10, 7, 17, and 12 piercing damage.

Tony gets charged by 5 swordsmen! Defend 5 times, or take 11, 9, 17, 12, and 5 cutting damage.

Thane has been spotted! Dodge 5 shots, or take 9, 11, 10, 12, and 11 piercing damage.

Ben also gets swarmed by swordsmen! Defend 5 times, or take 9, 12, 11, 12, and 7 cutting damage.

Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 81 posts
Mon 6 Sep 2021
at 22:18
  • msg #459

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Thane realized he had been spotted; however, right before preparing to warp away, he smells an odd odor in the air. Looking in the direction of the smell, Thane sees Leon's adversary's attack as it is coming. Shielding his face from the attack in time. Thane turns his attention back to the incoming bullets. Barely dodging the first four attacks, and he warps away from the final incoming bullet.

Succeeded perception roll by 1 to see what is up with the soldiers. I used my Luck point (not sure if for combat or for non-combat, since it was an indirect attack. I would assume it is my combat use) to succeed my HT-5 roll (12-5 is 7 and I rolled a 14, 9, and 7). I failed 3 of my 4 normal dodges (no critical fails) and had to use WCP for them. I succeeded my final warp dodge.

2/6 WCP, 10/12 FP, 13/13 HP

This message was last edited by the player at 02:42, Thu 09 Sept 2021.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 99 posts
Thu 9 Sep 2021
at 01:09
  • msg #460

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Leon turns to the side and blocks all the incoming strikes with his bokken, using the spirit wood sword with such speed and precision that he knocks the swords from two Marine's hands.

He squints against the onion onslaught but maintains his composure as he quickly brings his bokken around again at all the Marines.

"BOKKEN TECHNIQUE: RAPID HAMMER!"

HT roll fail, spend 1 Destiny Point for success.
IQ roll fail.
Quadruple Bokken parry 2 critical successes and 2 regular successes.
Quadruple Rapid Strike success!
32, 28, 24, & 34 crushing damage.


HP: 20/20     FP: 11/12     KP: 7/12     DP: 1/2
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 83 posts
Thu 9 Sep 2021
at 01:24
  • msg #461

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony glares at the oncoming attackers but is quickly distracted by the quick moving shurikens and is hit hard by the first attacker, ducks the second hit only to catch the third one's knee to his face. The impact slowed Tony enough that he was able to knock aside the last 2 attackers. Tony inhales sharply and turns to face the villains and shouts "BLAZING BREATH!!!"

HP 7/11 SP 8/12 WCP 10/12 FP 12/12

HT roll success by 1.
Dodge fail on the 1 and 3, dodge success by 5 on attack 2, Parry Success by 3 on both attack 4 and 5.
13 to hit with Breath of Sake

This message was last edited by the player at 12:04, Thu 09 Sept 2021.
Ori Kami
Origami Loremaster, 36 posts
Thu 9 Sep 2021
at 01:38
  • msg #462

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Ori looks around desperately for some cover, but notes that there is really nothing close. His eyes turn a bit red from the onion tear gas, but he fortunately only got a tiny bit of exposure.

Gritting his teeth, he forcibly folds his body in ways that would definitely kill someone not made of paper. While fatigued greatly, he manages to dodge each of the incoming bullets. He sprays some paper shuriken in their direction before quickly moving for some cover.

He shouts in the direction of Tony,

"A tear descending
A sad and strange little man
Onion cooks nicely!"


Spraying Fire - The five Marines that shot at Ori if they are clustered together
Lots of sad rolls here. I guess I need to make sure the initial roll is higher. The last was a crit fail, but Ori has a Destiny Point to burn. He also used a Luck Point to reroll the HT-5 so he only failed by 1.
Target 1 - RoF 4 , Recoil 1 - Miss
Target 2 - RoF 3 , Recoil 2 - 11 cut
Target 3 - RoF 3 , Recoil 3 - 9 cut
Target 4 - RoF 2 , Recoil 4 - 8/12 cut
Target 5 - RoF 2 , Recoil 5 - Miss

With the wings on, I'm sure he can reach some kind of vertical cover that he could Dodge and Drop behind.


HP: 10/10     FP: 7/12     Paper: 11/20
Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 60 posts
Stoneman and Shipwright
Smells like onion for now
Thu 23 Sep 2021
at 15:15
  • msg #463

Chapter 1: East Blue

Ben waves off the onion fumes as his eyes begin to water, and he moves as the marines open fire on him. As 2 of the bullets deflect and ricochet off his the chiseled angles on his stone body, avoiding a direct hit, two hit him in the chest and one hits square in the middle of his forehead and knocks his head backwards. His new bandana falls off with a big hole smoking hole in it.
“My new doo….” As it hits the ground, holding together by a thread
In anger, he comes down with Kaumodotchi right in the middle of the squad that fired at him, bending and busting the wooden floor while doing so.
“Stoney Root Attack!!!!”
Success on Onion roll.  Ben has a success on one hit and uses retreat to succeed another, failing the rest for 3 damage. Shockwave attack on the nearest group of marines for 32 Shockwave damage.
Hp 19/21, WCP 11/11  FP 9/11

This message was last edited by the player at 00:48, Sat 09 Oct 2021.
Will of D.
GM, 201 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Sun 10 Oct 2021
at 05:26
  • msg #464

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Ori took out another pair of marines in a spray of paper shurikens and blood as he moved toward cover. The others trained guns on the crates he was hiding behind, waiting for him to pop back out.

Tony dowsed the man right in front of him with fire. The flames engulfed him instantly, and he collapsed in a smoldering heap. The other marines moved to surround him, so they couldn’t get caught in another fiery blast. They swung again, trying to take down the white tiger.
Defend 2 times normally, or take 3 and 8 cutting damage, and defend 2 times at -2, or take 10 and 8 cutting damage!

Thane noticed in passing that the marines each had something in their mouths that they were either chewing or sucking on. He narrowly avoided the gunfire before ZRPing out of the way of the last. After reappearing nearby, he vanished with another ZRP, now out of the line of fire and line of sight!
That would be Combat Luck, since we are currently in combat. Taking your turn to Warp elsewhere (anywhere not obvious) means you can pop back in and start hammering on the sneak attacks this turn.

Ben took a beating with little damage to show for it. A few tiny cracks appeared in his flesh where he took the hardest strike. He smashed the ground so hard it sent shockwaves through the floorboards, and the whole gang of marines around him collapsed! They all moved smoothly to their knees in a uniform, practiced motion, their eyes still a solid, glowing red.

Leon disarmed two marines, then took all four of them down in a flurry of spirit wood. Even in their stronger and more focused state, they barely stood a chance.

The Lieutenant’s eyes widened at the progress of the pirates against the enhanced marines and his own Chive powers.

"This…is…not…possible!" he said. "Desperate times call for desperate measures…." he said, whipping out a small but razor sharp kitchen knife. "Chaibu…," his hands began to shake as he rolled up one sleeve. "Chaibu…," he shook even more as he rolled up the other sleeve. "NooooooOOOOO!" He rapidly diced off the fingers of his off-hand, digit by digit, then his hand in several pieces, then his wrist, halfway up his arm, stopping right at the elbow. Blood hadn’t even begun to flow yet, his dicing went so fast. "ARUTAMETO ANYAN SURAISU!"

A wave of onion tear inducing gas exploded from his arm, filling the room instantly. Even the marines’ eyes began to water.

Everyone make a HT roll at -10! Failure means a penalty equal to your margin on attack rolls, and half that penalty (round in your favor) on defense rolls. Failure by 5 or more means you’re effectively blind! This effect lasts for a number of minutes equal to your margin of failure, the penalty reducing by 1 (or 1/2 for defense rolls) each minute thereafter.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 100 posts
Sun 10 Oct 2021
at 06:37
  • msg #465

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Leon steels himself against the onion onslaught; crying over vegetables is not EPIC. He steps through the burning fog that Chive created and brings his bokken around in a feint that will open Lieutenant Chive's guard for the deadly follow through.

"WISE SERPENT STRIKES!"

HT roll fail, spend 1 Destiny Point for success.
-2 FP Flurry of Blows
Feint success by 12, then -6 Deceptive Attack success!
32 crushing damage and 27 Electro damage.


HP: 20/20     FP: 9/12     KP: 7/12     DP: 0/2
This message was last edited by the player at 16:33, Tue 12 Oct 2021.
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 82 posts
Wed 13 Oct 2021
at 03:11
  • msg #466

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

After warping to a spot in the rafters of the warehous, outside the line of sight by the marines, Thane lets out a quick sigh of relief. It was in this brief instant of belief that he was free of danger, that Thane is hit full force by the onion tear gas. Unable to see, Thane quickly tries to compose himself to no avail. Fortunately he is out of sight of the marines in the warehouse, who were also dealing with the tear gas. Finally giving up on curing his effective blindness for the moment, Thane calms himself with a deep breath. Drawing his twin black wakizashi, Thane thinks to himself as he begins to blend into the shadowy corners of the rafters, "I am The Shadow. I do not need my eyes. The darkness of the shadows is my shelter, my refuge, my home." Thane closes his eyes and turns to his other senses for guidance.

I failed my HT roll by 9, so I am effectively blind. I succeeded on my fast draw roll for my wakizashi, and the rest was just my character dealing with the gas, as I'm not sure there's much else for me to do. Not sure I'm ready to enter the combat again just yet.
Ori Kami
Origami Loremaster, 37 posts
Wed 13 Oct 2021
at 16:17
  • msg #467

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

This bit of onion gas hits Ori fully in the face. Bright blue crinkly tears well up in his eyes and fall down his face. The path they take leaves little wrinkles in their wake.

He makes sure to remain hovering in the same location, but pulls out a sheet of paper and rapidly folds something that looks like a caricature of a pirate hat. It weirdly seems to be covered in eyes.


"Darkness clouds my eyes
Paper craft to make them new
Better than before."


Failed the Onion Gas roll by 8.

Concentrate Maneuver


HP: 10/10     FP: 7/12     Paper: 10/20
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 84 posts
Sun 24 Oct 2021
at 03:33
  • msg #468

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

"Way to go guys, it's so smart of you to split up around me like that. Well done!" Tony grins as he sees the men spread out, using their heads in an attack. "WHAT GOES UP, MUST COME DOWN!" and he suddenly a ball of flame appears in his hand and he tosses it straight up into the air. And as he watches the eyes of his enemies follow it upward, Tony turns and bolts between the two men who were moving into position behind him, a sly grin turning into a full smile as he hears the explosion.

HP 4/11 SP 8/12 WCP 10/12 FP 12/12

HT success by 4 dodge 1st attack, followed by 3 failures by 1, 1, and 4.
Sake bomb attack success by 13, I think

This message was last edited by the player at 03:34, Sun 24 Oct 2021.
Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 61 posts
Stoneman and Shipwright
Smells like onion for now
Wed 1 Dec 2021
at 13:55
  • msg #469

Chapter 1: East Blue

As the sting from the onion reaches his eyes, and having close to no experience in the kitchen, he is immediately blinded.  “ Ahhhhh!!!! My Eyes!!!”” He yells as he fiercely tries to wipe them clean.
As he tries to hear the enemy around him, his lack of sight only appears to increase the awareness of his tinnitus, and notices nothing.
“I can’t see!!!” He shouts to the others.
Failed onion roll by 8 and failed hearing by 13
This message was last edited by the player at 14:19, Wed 01 Dec 2021.
Will of D.
GM, 202 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Fri 3 Dec 2021
at 17:28
  • msg #470

Chapter 1: East Blue

Lieutenant Chive, in shock from his self-mutilation, barely registered Leon’s strike. He glanced at him with dazed eyes, then at the bokken as it descended upon him. Unable to move, he closed his eyes right before impact. Onion-scent emanated from Chive as a massive bruise formed across his chest, and then the smell turned to that of cooked onions as he collapsed in a burnt heap.

The other marines stood useless as their eyes filled with tears. The red glow in their eyes began to fade, and they all suddenly collapsed.

Combat is over!
XP: 4 character points!
Some of the marines and Chive might be conscious, if you wanted to talk with them.

This message was last edited by the GM at 17:35, Fri 03 Dec 2021.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 101 posts
Tue 15 Feb 2022
at 01:14
  • msg #471

Chapter 1: East Blue

"GOTCHA! Alright men, the danger is passed! We gave those Marines what for didn't we!" Leon shouts as he turns to have his crew with a satisfied grin plastered wide on his face. Then his eyes begin to water from the onions and he rests his hands on his knees blinking away tears, "Everyone take a minute because the lieutenant's abilities were quite something. I want you all eyes sharp and ready for action before we move to the docks to get our ship back!"

"Brother, please see to anyone who was wounded."
This message was last edited by the player at 01:17, Tue 15 Feb 2022.
Will of D.
GM, 203 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Wed 16 Feb 2022
at 15:51
  • msg #472

Chapter 1: East Blue

The bird puppet that Tony had in his pocket perked up again.

”It seems you’ve successfully acquired your ship’s goods without being captured or killed. And Lt. Chive appears for have been defeated as well. Congratulations. Now, if you want your ship, that’ll be a lot more work. It’s swarming with marines, and Dryden himself is at the docks somewhere. You might be better off stealing a different ship. I doubt that even a crew with such . . . skills as you have demonstrated could manage to stop a small army with Dryden at the lead. Anyway. Good luck to you, Lionheart Pirates.”

The bird again went silent and limp.

The dock is pretty close, just a few blocks away down any of several alleys. How do you want to approach? Plan on scouting? Strategy/tactics? Steal the first boat you can find?

And how do you plan to get all your crates of your stuff onto whatever ship?

Ori Kami
Origami Loremaster, 38 posts
Thu 17 Feb 2022
at 00:37
  • msg #473

Chapter 1: East Blue

Somehow Ori can see even with his eyes closed tightly from the onion gas. He grabs some scraps of paper and wood and munches down while waiting for his eyes to recover.

A battle complete
Stories will grow, given breath
Huge bounties for all!


After a few minutes, Ori wanders over to Lieutenant Chive. Crouching down next to the man, Ori concentrates deeply. Those watching notice a myriad of folds appearing all over Ori's body. They start out with a rough outline, but slowly grow finer in detail until Ori appears to be the Lieutenant himself!

He takes the Marine's uniform and smears a generous portion of ash, blood, and grime all over it. He then dons the stolen clothes and says,


"Trick the enemy
Hijack all their resources
Put to better use"

Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 102 posts
Thu 17 Feb 2022
at 01:04
  • msg #474

Chapter 1: East Blue

"That sounds.... EPIC!" Leon says, "Alright men! Everyone take a Marine uniform and disguise yourself."

While the crew acquires uniforms, Leon lays the wounded Marines out and apply some basic first aid to perfect their brilliant plan, then he grabs a uniform for himself. He squeezes into the shirt that is several sizes too small and the seams are stretched to their breaking point, any strenuous movement will cause buttons to fly off and the sleeves to tear to shreds. Leon carefully tucks as much of his mane into one of their hats as he possibly can, which is to say the hat is sitting on top of his mane and not on his head at all.

"We're going to trick the Marines into loading all our stuff into Dryden's ship, then we're going to steal it." the huge lion mink says rubbing his hands together in anticipation, "This is a brilliant plan without any flaws at all; there's absolutely no way this can fail!"
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 83 posts
Thu 17 Feb 2022
at 02:15
  • msg #475

Chapter 1: East Blue

"Captain, I'm not sure you're going to be able to blend in, but I'd very much like to see you try," Thane says as he wipes the tears in his eyes as he starts regaining his sight. Thane also goes to find a uniform for himself. "Fortunately for me, I used to be in the Navy, so fitting in shouldn't be too difficult," Thane says as he finds a uniform about his size, "Unless you'd rather I scout ahead or stick to the shadows and support you all from there."
Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 62 posts
Stoneman and Shipwright
Smells like onion for now
Sat 19 Feb 2022
at 22:30
  • msg #476

Chapter 1: East Blue

Finding the fattest marine around, Ben tries the the jacket and realizes that he has to wear it open just to put it on. “Take the lead, I’ll follow captain.” He more or less gives up on the jacket and hands it to the captain, and just puts on a Mariners hat.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 103 posts
Wed 23 Feb 2022
at 20:20
  • msg #477

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Leon takes the coat from Ben and attempts to drape it over his shoulders but they are far too broad so he tosses it aside.

"Thane! Scout around, find us the nearest detachment of Marines and direct us to them. Then "Chive" will order them to load up our stuff!" Leon grins at his crew, "Good job defeating the Lionheart Pirates men, you've made the Marines proud!"
Will of D.
GM, 207 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Thu 24 Feb 2022
at 05:51
  • msg #478

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Thane warped to the roof, then to a few others nearby, making his way toward the docks. What was left of their ship was indeed swarming with marines, but they were all trying to hide behind the railings and behind barrels that had been strategically left, a planned ambush—and those just what he could see. Who knew what lay below deck.

The docks themselves were otherwise devoid of marines anywhere near their ship. Further down the bay, a Navy vessel was sitting with anchor dropped near a rocky beach, a pair of small boats shuttling back and forth as shifts changed. Upon closer inspection, the ship had only a skeleton crew in case they needed to up anchor and depart in a hurry.
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 84 posts
Fri 25 Feb 2022
at 02:38
  • msg #479

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Thane returns to his crew after scouting ahead at the docks. Turning to Leon, Thane tells him what he saw: "Captain, the Navy is planning an ambush on our ship. A bunch of marines are hiding behind barrels and stuff, laying in wait for us. The docks themselves are clear of them though, as if trying to invite us into that ambush. I also noticed a Navy ship further down the docks that is lightly manned and seems to be ready to set sail at a moment's notice. No sign of Dryden, so he could be on our ship, the Navy ship, or somewhere else on the docks but not in uniform. I don't know what he looks like, and I couldn't tell by the marines I did see any sense of a superior officer around. How would you like to proceed?"
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 104 posts
Fri 25 Feb 2022
at 05:02
  • msg #480

Chapter 1: East Blue

"Excellent work." Leon says taking an uncharacteristic moment to think, "I say we proceed as planned. I see a detachment of Marines just ahead, so we'll have them bring all our equipment to the boats near the Navy vessel. We'll commandeer those boats and capture that ship. It's a flawless plan."



"Marines! Assem-ble!" Leon shouts as they enter the nearby market, "Alright you lot! We've had a run in with those Lionheart Pirates, quite an incredible bunch of fighters they were, and as you can see Lieutenant Chive got pretty banged up. As such and in keeping with the sound strategic strategies he frequently employs, has so ordered us to bring their gear, especially their special tree, to be loaded up onto the ship waiting in the harbor for even safer keeping. The last thing we want is for them to be able to reacquire their belongings and attempt to make an escape on another ship and where safer than out to sea aboard one of our own ships!"

"Now all of you to the warehouse! Let's get that gear moving on the double!" Leon glares at the stunned Marines for only a moment, "DID I STUTTER!? LET'S GO! MOVE! MOVE! MOVE!"

Talker! success by 1. Spend two WCP to bring that up to success by 11.
This message was last edited by the player at 05:32, Fri 25 Feb 2022.
Will of D.
GM, 209 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Fri 25 Feb 2022
at 05:52
  • msg #481

Chapter 1: East Blue

The nearby marines looked confused at first, not recognizing the bulky, hairy figure. Seeing “Lieutenant Chive” standing beside him with a stern look was more than enough to wipe that confused look right off their faces. They rushed to obey, marching to the warehouse and gathering carts to haul the gear to the shore near the Navy ship.

There was one marine that made a comment under his breath, just in passing as he eyed Leon, Tony, and Ben. It was something about how the Navy had gone soft on letting weirdos wear a uniform.

All the equipment successfully moved to the shore, a load in each ferry, the marines saluted and departed back to their goings on in the market.

So far, nothing had alerted the ambush that they weren’t even coming.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 105 posts
Fri 25 Feb 2022
at 17:42
  • msg #482

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

"Alright men, we bring these boats out then 'Chive' will order them unloaded while we take them empties back to shore for more." Leon says, "Everything is going according to plan."



When the Lionheart Pirates row up to the ship Leon stands up and shouts to the skeleton crew, "Ahoy there! Lieutenant Chive will be taking command here! Those bloody pirates ambushed the warehouse and it's no longer secure because of our casualties."

"Get these crates unloaded and stowed right away! We're going back for more! It is critical this gear gets stored out of sight so they don't see it!" Leon shouts, "Captain Dryden's plan must not fail because of us! Now get moving!"

According to the plan, the Lionheart Pirates quickly shift to the other set of boats and head back to shore.

Talker! success by 11 after spending 2 WCP to buy a critical success margin.
Will of D.
GM, 210 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Fri 25 Feb 2022
at 19:42
  • msg #483

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

”How many casualties? Where did the pirates go?” said the man in charge on deck, motioning for his men to comply. “Couldn’t they just come here and take them? Who will protect us!” He sounded frantic, and his voice broke as he squeaked out the last question.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 106 posts
Fri 25 Feb 2022
at 19:46
  • msg #484

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

"We are all that's left of two squads, but we managed to drive them off." Leon answers, "Once we load their gear we'll take the ship further out to sea. This will force them into Captain Dryden's trap. No more questions, MOVE!"
Will of D.
GM, 213 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Sat 26 Feb 2022
at 23:33
  • msg #485

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

The soldiers jumped to obey, unloading the pair of dinghies. After the Lionhearts returned with another load, they started unloading that one as well, then looked to Chive for further orders.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 107 posts
Sun 27 Feb 2022
at 00:12
  • msg #486

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

"Alright men into the dinghies and back to shore! We'll take it from here!" Leon shouts,"We need all you fresh elite troops ashore! Your orders are to head back to the warehouse and start a grid search to flush those scallywags out into the Captain's trap!"

"Good luck men! Succeed where we failed! The Navy is counting on you!"

Talker! success by 2...
This message had punctuation tweaked by the player at 03:26, Tue 01 Mar 2022.
Will of D.
GM, 214 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Tue 1 Mar 2022
at 02:01
  • msg #487

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

The marines kept on following orders, eying “Chive” as if checking for permission.

All goes according to plan so far. Go ahead and fast forward to the good part.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 108 posts
Tue 1 Mar 2022
at 03:44
  • msg #488

Chapter 1: East Blue

The Lionhearts load their gear and stow it carefully for their upcoming speedy escape. In that time the unit of Marines that has been manning the... WGS Correspondence? Leon made a mental note to hold a crew meeting about renaming their new vessel. The Marines disembarked and set about the task assigned them by 'Lieutenant Chive'and soon the docks were deserted.

"Mr. Bristol! Let's you and me warp back to the shore and retrieve the last load of gear." Leon says, "We're so close to a clean getaway. The rest of you, please get our new ship ready to get underway, we will set sail as soon as Mr. Bristol and I return."

"Perhaps we can prepare a bombardment of our old ship? It'd be fun to leave the Navy with a lovely parting gift since they've been so kind as to congregate in one place."
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 85 posts
Tue 1 Mar 2022
at 04:58
  • msg #489

Chapter 1: East Blue

"Captain, I can take care of this on my own. You guys get the ship ready to sail. Be back in a few!" Thane says as he warps off the ship. Arriving quietly on the docks, Thane quickly finds the last of their stuff while remaining hidden in the shadows. Taking a couple minutes to prepare to warp the rest of the gear, Thane focuses on the task at hand, knowing his crew is waiting for him. Finally feeling ready, Thane warps the everything left over to the ship. Having lost his cover, Thane quickly prepares to warp himself, as he hears a shuffle of noises around him responding to the disappearance of the gear. Before being able to comprehend any of those sounds, Thane warps himself back onto the ship, finding that the remaining gear had arrived soundly as well. With a huge grin on his face, Thane shouts to Leon, "Told you I had this covered! We ready to set off yet?"

I was successful in all my warps: Success by 7 (5 for a 12), success by 4 (11 for a 15), and success by 4 (11 for a 15). Used 4 abilities for 6 FP use (Stealth once, Careful twice [once with warp other], and Warp Other once). Success on two body sense rolls: Success by 5 on both. Success on stealth roll: Success by 9.

2/6 WCP, 4/12 FP, 13/13 HP

This message was last edited by the player at 05:18, Tue 01 Mar 2022.
Ori Kami
Origami Loremaster, 39 posts
Tue 1 Mar 2022
at 15:49
  • msg #490

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Dropping the stern act as soon as the Marines leave for the final time, "Lieutenant Chive" sets about helping to make sure the ship is ready to depart. He smiles, not quite sure how they managed to make this plan work so far, but is unwilling to question the good luck.

He chants in a singsong while he works:

"One crispy onion
The power of deception
Ready to depart!"


Success by 3 on Pirate!
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 109 posts
Tue 1 Mar 2022
at 17:03
  • msg #491

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

"It's fine I can go too..." Leon trails off as The Shadow disappears, "Just as well, if he needed his hand held he wouldn't be a Lionheart Pirate, now would he?"

Leon sets to work securing all of their equipment and preparing to set sail. He fumbles around with some of his knots but takes a moment to remind himself and soon he is up in the rigging leaping from spar to spar fixing everything to drop the sails for a rapid departure.

"Brother! Let's get the colors flying as soon as Mr. Bristol.. WOAH!  That was fast!" Leon exclaims as the gear and then Thane reappear in quick succession, then he slashes through the chain holding the anchor, "Hoist the colors! Drop the sails! Let's get out of here!"

"Oh and Mr. Livingstone, OPEN FIRE!"
This message was last edited by the player at 17:04, Tue 01 Mar 2022.
Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 63 posts
Stoneman and Shipwright
Smells like onion for now
Tue 1 Mar 2022
at 18:00
  • msg #492

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

“Aye aye Captain!” Says Ben, as he makes a swift dash and loads, swaddles, and lights the cannons. At the last second, he remembers the cannon bay doors are closed and he sprints back through and pops them open just in time to let the cannons fire! Wow, that was close. He thinks to himself, sweating profusely.
This message was last edited by the player at 18:01, Tue 01 Mar 2022.
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 85 posts
Wed 2 Mar 2022
at 03:56
  • msg #493

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony laughs and his pupils go wide as he watches his brother jump from spot to spot and he prepared to chase him until Leon gave his orders. Tony snaps to attention, gives a small salute and in a flash is raising the colors, our flag flapping in the wind, unfurling in a middle finger to those left on the base.
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 86 posts
Thu 3 Mar 2022
at 03:49
  • msg #494

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

"I'll get us a bearing since we're about ready to set sail!" Thane says before warping up to the crow's nest, his favorite spot on any ship. Pulling out his navigation tools, Thane begins figuring out where their next stop will be.

I succeeded warp and body rolls by 10 (without any modifiers for bringing my equipment with me up to the crow's nest, but figured if I should have had them, I still succeeded by enough)

Also wasn't sure if I should roll for navigation or even give directions yet, so just left it at the preparation stage.

Will of D.
GM, 220 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Thu 3 Mar 2022
at 23:34
  • msg #495

Chapter 1: East Blue

BOOM!

Ben’s cannon blasted a hole in the ship as they passed. In eerie, perfect unison, the marines on board their old ship stood from their respective hiding places, moving without a word, taking up the nearest position to man the sails and get the ship moving in pursuit of the Lionhearts.

A wave of marines took up positions along the teffrail, kneeling to brace rifles and aim at the escaping Navy vessel.

The marines all moved in perfect concert, yet without anyone giving orders. It was very creepy to watch.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 110 posts
Fri 4 Mar 2022
at 05:23
  • msg #496

Chapter 1: East Blue

"Alright men to your assigned battle stations! You know what to do! This is what we've trained for!" Leon bellows, those very inspiring and epic orders. Of course none of those things were close to true, but they were the sort of things a Captain is supposed to shout when a ship battle commences and Leon is the captain so he did anyways. It sounded EPIC and that's what's really important.

The Lion Mink stands on the back rail of the ship and draws out his spirit wood bokken preparing to ward off any cannon fire and trusting his crew to do... whatever it is that they should be doing.

All Out Defense: Increased Parry
This message was last edited by the player at 21:03, Sat 05 Mar 2022.
Will of D.
GM, 223 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Sat 5 Mar 2022
at 20:59
  • msg #497

Chapter 1: East Blue

Their old ship pulled away from the docks and turned toward them, beginning pursuit. The movement was almost poetic, with the precision and speed only a master of the seas could achieve with the perfect crew. As soon as they started making headway toward the stolen Navy ship, five cannons boomed, hurling cannonballs directly at their mast, all five shots on target!

Leon can parry, of course, but whoever is at the helm can also try a Vehicular Dodge: effective Dodge score is equal to your (Shiphandling/2) - 3. If you have any relevant Wildcard bonus, you can add half that bonus (round up). Any successful Seamanship roll from crewmates adds +1 to your Shiphandling in the calculation above, or -1 on a failure.

Other relevant skills: Navigation to chart a course out of here! Or you can use Navigation (if better than Seamanship) to compliment Shiphandling for a vehicular dodge.

Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 111 posts
Sat 5 Mar 2022
at 23:53
  • msg #498

Chapter 1: East Blue

Leon is prepared for the barrage of cannonballs and deflects each of them as they come, transferring the momentum of each shot into a swing and spin to the next one. He ends his flurry of motion hopping on one foot with his bokken extended into the air in the opposite hand, "Is that the best you can do!?"

Leon laughs, an insane grin splitting his face as he readies himself to defend again, "Come on men! Let's get out of here!"

Five successful parries, then another All Out Defense: Increased Parry

Driver can focus on driving! :D

Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 86 posts
Wed 9 Mar 2022
at 13:29
  • msg #499

Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony watches his brother become a tornado of frenzy; cannon balls being repelled like two magnets of the same charge. He turns and glares at the ship that used to be theirs and let's out a mighty bellow in challenge, then hiccups and burps then stumbles down the stairs to the main deck and sees the thing he was looking for: water barrels. He quickly does a count "Seems like enough, we won't miss...these two" and he walks up, tears two pieces of cloth which he coats in strong sake, shoves it in each lid and yells up to Thane "Delivery!!!" and begins to concentrate.

success by 8

HP 4/11 SP 8/12 WCP 10/12 FP 12/12
This message was last edited by the player at 14:44, Wed 09 Mar 2022.
Ori Kami
Origami Loremaster, 40 posts
Wed 9 Mar 2022
at 18:05
  • msg #500

Chapter 1: East Blue

Ori sees Captain Leon parrying aside the cannonballs and wisely reasons that a set of wings would only make the defense even better. He walks over and throws a backpack onto Leon's back.

"Cannonball attack
Batted aside with a sword?
Are they made of foam?"


Success by 3 on IQ roll to activate the ability.

Turning around, Ori finds the helm left abandoned. He accidentally rips one paper hat before donning another, and then firmly grips the wheel.

He grins fiercely and yells:

"Yo ho yo ho ho
'Tis a pirate's life for me
Drink up, me 'earties!"


Failed the first roll to activate the Pirate Hat, but succeeded the second.
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 87 posts
Thu 10 Mar 2022
at 02:11
  • msg #501

Chapter 1: East Blue

Although Thane had begun to get a bearing for their voyage, his attention is quickly taken away by the sound of cannonballs, and the welcome sight of Leon taking care of each one. Hearing Tony's call, Thane looks down to see Tony preparing the barrels of sake. "Now that sounds like a fun idea!" Coming down from the crow's nest, he arrives at the barrels as Tony finishes converting the water to sake. Taking the two cloths in on hand, Thane lights them, then shouts "Big Booze Barrel Burning Bonanza Blast!" as he warps the giant Molotov cocktails over to their old ship, right next to the stash of gunpowder.

Warp success by 0 (18-2 for distance, rolled a 16).
I rolled it as a careful warp, so I used 2 FP.

2/6 WCP, 2/12 FP, 13/13 HP

Will of D.
GM, 226 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Thu 10 Mar 2022
at 02:57
  • msg #502

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

The barrels vanished. The marines had been moving with perfect precision and efficiency, prepping the guns for another volley, but they suddenly stopped, dropping everything they were doing and sprinted towards the barrels that suddenly appeared right next to the barrels of gunpowder below deck. There was no indication that anyone had informed them from below deck; they just headed down as if they knew somehow.

A few seconds later, there was a loud boom from below deck, a bit underwhelming. The whole ship shuddered, plumes of smoke billowing out from portholes. There was a moment of respite, a sigh of disappointment. Then the real explosion came. The entire lower deck of the ship burst outward in a gout of black smoke and crimson flames, sending the upper decks flying up into the air in pieces. Somehow the mast remained planted vertically in a small section of the deck that remained.

There was no sight of any of the marines that had occupied the ship, but a lone officer stood atop the rigging on the mast. He hadn’t been there the moment before, or at least no one noticed him there. He stood with a dark expression, coat billowing with its arms loose behind him, the coat hung only by his shoulders. His arms were folded across his chest in dissatisfaction. Then he pulled out a small notebook of some sort, and a pen from his coat pocket, then began writing something in it for a few moments before the billowing smoke completely shrouded him from view. When the smoke shifted again, he was gone.

Arc complete! If someone can do me a favor and help tally points for the Loguetown arc, that’d be great. This leg of the adventure began with msg #338.

Also, IC, you’re heading for the Grand Line from this point, so feel free to describe your departure from Loguetown and such, regroup, plan, RP; whatever!

Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 64 posts
Stoneman and Shipwright
Smells like onion for now
Thu 10 Mar 2022
at 03:25
  • msg #503

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

And for good measure, Ben fires the cannons once more, although this time he does lose one of the wooden fire hole covers by blasting though it.“ I can fix it!!!” He shouts.
 Direct hit!!!!

success by one!! Rolled a 14
This message was last edited by the player at 08:37, Thu 10 Mar 2022.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 112 posts
Thu 10 Mar 2022
at 14:25
  • msg #504

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Leon frowns at the first small explosion, "I really thought that would be..."

KA-BOOM!

"Woah! Yes! That was EPIC!" Leon says clapping Thane and Tony on the back as the ship exploded and bottomed out in the bay with Captain Dryden glaring from the mast that barely stuck out of the sea, "So long Dryden! Thanks for the ship!"

Then he falls down fast asleep, with his face mashed into the deck and feet still resting on the railing.
This message was last edited by the player at 17:16, Thu 10 Mar 2022.
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 87 posts
Thu 10 Mar 2022
at 18:13
  • msg #505

Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony closes his eyes and concentrates as Thane warps away with the barrels and waits until he hears the explosion. He continues to wait, his gut telling him to hold the sake in his mind, allowing the fire to spread. He only opens his eyes once the second, larger boom disturbs him and he grins. Such bright, shiny fire; his pupils dilate and he loses himself in the flames until he hears his brother's exclamation and the sound of his unconscious body slapping against the deck. He walks over to him and gets down low, crawling and wedging himself under Leon's thighs and lower torso, giving some semblance of support for his sleeping kin and quickly finds himself also in the land of sleep, his ears twitching with the deep sleep he had earned after today.
This message was last edited by the player at 02:21, Fri 11 Mar 2022.
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 88 posts
Fri 11 Mar 2022
at 02:03
  • msg #506

Chapter 1: East Blue

Thane's face lights up upon seeing the ship burst into flames from the second, larger explosion. As he watches Dryden fade into the distance amongst the destruction, and the brothers fast asleep, Thane heads back up to the crow's nest to figure out the bearings for their next destination. "The Grand Line, huh. I wonder what awaits us..." Thane says to himself, the thought trailing off as he buries himself into using his navigation tools.
Ori Kami
Origami Loremaster, 41 posts
Fri 11 Mar 2022
at 02:57
  • msg #507

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Ori was already grinning widely just by being at the helm, but the explosions behind him makes him cackle. He steers to give everyone a better view of their old ship before setting out to open water. He makes sure to send a few paper cranes flying toward the mast of their old ship while they are still in range of the wreck.

"Giant explosion
Harbor funeral, ship's past
Brave lion soul."


As the mink brothers fall into a deep sleep, he works together with Thane and Ben to keep the ship sailing.

"Epic to the last
Now committed to some rest
Sleep well, our Captain."

Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 113 posts
Sat 12 Mar 2022
at 06:12
  • msg #508

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Twelve hours later just before sunrise Leon wakes up and rolls to his feet with his bokken in hand. He looks around and sees that they are well away from Loguetown and on their way to the Grand Line so he puts his weapon away. He gives his brother a gentle kick, "Wake up! Let's get some hot sake going so we can toast another EPIC adventure as the sun rises on our last day in the East Blue!"

"Thank you Captain." He says as he takes the helm from Ori. He holds the course, trusting his crew has the correct heading, "That was excellent work men! I bet Captain Dryden is wishing he'd taken the time to nab us back at Hundred Palms!"
Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 65 posts
Stoneman and Shipwright
Smells like onion for now
Sat 12 Mar 2022
at 13:31
  • msg #509

Chapter 1: East Blue

Ben hears the Captain shouting, walks to the cargo bay double door he chose for a room, and hang a wooden “Do not disturb” sign and went back to sleep, as he thought about the night before. When his shift driving the boat was done, he returned to his cabin and grabbed his tools and the rods wrapped in cloth and coats found on the battlefield and begin to experiment. He unwraps the rods, and touches one, and he feels a tingling go through his body as he feels much weaker. After seeing that his skin did not turn back to normal, he sighs a bit. Suddenly, he gets and idea and quickly brushes off his malaise and starts working. He first makes some gloves out of the cloth they were using so not to touch the seastone.He finds some small rope for cargo near by and starts to unthread it into smaller rope. He cut down one of the rods and drills some holes in them so he can thread them through the ropes. As he drills he carefully scoops the powder residue into a bag and ties it up. When he finishes his work,  he grabs what’s left of his cognac and drinks until he falls asleep in his giant net hammock….

As the Captain clamors about, Ben lies back down in his hammock
Let me sleep in till noon…

2 nets made, one WP used 4/5 left
This message was last edited by the player at 21:42, Sat 12 Mar 2022.
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 88 posts
Sat 12 Mar 2022
at 17:09
  • msg #510

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony wakes at his brother's urging and stretches a BIIIIIIIIG stretch and stands. Looking at the horizon he smiles and nods, knowing their Adventure is taking them to new places and walks down to the galley to get some cups and breakfast to hand out to the crew.
Will of D.
GM, 229 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Wed 16 Mar 2022
at 02:02
  • msg #511

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

The ship moved lazily toward the Red Line, a long range of mountain jutting up from the horizon, creating an impassible line of land. An extremely tall mountain sat directly before them, Reverse Mountain, the only way to sail into the Grand Line from the Four Blues. As they drew near enough to see, the Lionhearts found a narrow river, white water rapids flowing up the side of the mountain!

Two pirate ships were in view, both making for the river. One appeared to be chasing after the other.

Perception roll to see the Jolly Rogers, and subsequent IQ roll to ID them. They don’t appear to be Navy, but you do!

If you want to try and catch up or beat them up the mountain, I’ll need some sailing rolls: Your best Shiphandling, plus any complimentary rolls from others (Leadership, Seamanship, Navigation, or Weather Sense). Success on complimentary rolls adds +1 to the helmsman’s Shiphandling skill.

Ori Kami
Origami Loremaster, 42 posts
Thu 17 Mar 2022
at 02:35
  • msg #512

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Ori is on lookout when he clearly spots the two ships in the distance. He chants back to the crew,

"Ships ahoy, ye lads
'tis time for action, awake!
What's the plan today?"


Success by 5 on PER and 7 on a Scholar! roll to ID them. I forgot I updated my IQ by 1, so the dice roller is 1 off from these values.

Pirate! success by 6 if DX, success by 7 if IQ.

This message was last edited by the player at 15:43, Tue 22 Mar 2022.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 114 posts
Thu 17 Mar 2022
at 02:46
  • msg #513

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

"oOoOO!" Leon shouts running to the rail, "Oh yeah! I see the Jolly Rogers! I don't recognize them but then again I'm not from the East Blue..."

"Bring us in closer! I want to get a better look!" Leon orders and sets about trimming the sails for better speed.

Perception success.
IQ fail.
Talker! (Leadership) success by 4!

This message was last edited by the player at 19:10, Fri 18 Mar 2022.
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 89 posts
Fri 18 Mar 2022
at 19:10
  • msg #514

Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony watches his brother run and prep the ship and he takes the wheel. He stand, his own personal swaying in counter time with the ship's swaying, he keeps the ship on track but seems to be fighting the boat more than he should. "Stupid military ships, government made bullcrap" and he continues to mumble to himself as he sails on, not paying any attention to the rival ships.


<Orange> Shiphandling success by 0  and perception fail by 1. <orange>
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 89 posts
Tue 22 Mar 2022
at 00:36
  • msg #515

Chapter 1: East Blue

"Aye, aye, Captain!" Thane calls down as he uses his navigation tools. After checking for signs of any adverse weather, he calls down to his fellow Lionheart Pirates with the necessary adjustments from his findings. From the crow's nest, Thane then squints ahead trying to identify the ships ahead.


Success by 1 on Meteorology roll
Success by 6 on Navigation roll
Success by 5 on IQ roll to identify

Will of D.
GM, 231 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Wed 23 Mar 2022
at 01:28
  • msg #516

Chapter 1: East Blue

The ship lurched, catching the wind as the Lionhearts worked in unison. They began to gain on the other two ships, coming into better view of the flags. One bore the grinning white skull of a cat with crossed bones beneath, the Jolly Roger of the Calico Pirates. The other was that skull of a devil with a huge X crossing it out, the Jolly Roger of the Demonslayer Pirates. As the Lionhearts came closer, the boom of cannon fire sounded, puffs of smoke erupting as the two pirates shot at each other. They were vying to be first up Reverse Mountain, and both clearly making to flee the incoming Navy vessel! A few shots also rang out and splashed in the water near the Lionhearts.

Now it’s all about Quick-Contest!

Helmsmen will use Shiphandling v. that of both enemy ships (just one roll each round).

Anyone else can roll Seamanship. If better, one person each can roll Navigation, Meteorology, or Leadership instead of Seamanship. Any success adds +1 to the helmsman’s Shiphandling roll, +2 for a critical success, -1 for failure, and -2 for critical failure.

Everyone must roll something, or the total is at -2 as if you rolled a critical failure, but if you want to skip any ship duties to take pot shots at one of the other ships, that doesn’t grant any bonus or penalty (but you might give the enemy a penalty if you succeed).

Everyone can roll just one skill. You all start at Close range. A success on the QC of Shiphandling by 0-4 means no meaningful change. Success by 5-9 moves one range increment further ahead, while failure by that much leaves you behind! Success by 10+ moves you 2 range increments. The increments are as follows (modifier listed is for targeting a ship with cannon fire):
  • Close: +1
  • Short: -3
  • Medium: -7
  • Long: -11
  • Extreme: -15
Once you’ve pushed beyond Extreme range, you’ve effectively left them in the dust!

This is not combat, but it is an action scene. “Rounds” will consist of ambiguous number of seconds worth of action (but not more than a minute). Post with description and flavor for what you’re doing, any RP you want to include, dialogue, yelling at the other pirates, etc. AND your skill roll to race up the mountain. Once everyone has posted their round, I’ll summarize what’s happened and then we’ll proceed to the next (similar to combat).

Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 90 posts
Wed 23 Mar 2022
at 04:15
  • msg #517

Chapter 1: East Blue

Recognizing the jolly rogers of the other pirate ships, Thane calls down saying, "Remember these guys? We saw them on Sleepy Seal Island after we broke Ori out of that prison... or at least we were trying to break him out. He didn't really need our help with that in hindsight I guess." Thane turns his attention back to guiding the ship as they climb Reverse Mountain.


Success on Navigation roll by 8.
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 90 posts
Wed 23 Mar 2022
at 12:55
  • msg #518

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony hears Thane and takes a minute to look up and is startled to see how close the ship's are and the massive battle between the two. "Yeah! Get that left ship, Right Ship!!!" Not knowing who they were made it easy to decide who to route for in Tony's mind. Then he squints forward, licks his finger and sticks it in the air and feels the wind, his attention back on, the wheel becoming more familiar in his hands as the ship charges forward through the sea.

shiphandling success by 3
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 115 posts
Wed 23 Mar 2022
at 14:01
  • msg #519

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

"Best speed men! It's a race now!" Leon bellows his sharp teeth bared in a huge grin, "Mr. Livingstone! Fire on the Demonslayer Pirates!"

Leadership success by 3!
Ori Kami
Origami Loremaster, 43 posts
Wed 23 Mar 2022
at 17:04
  • msg #520

Chapter 1: East Blue

Ori ties off some knots on the ship, then leans into the wind while pointing out the ships.

"Calico Pirates
Implied by their name, a cat
Better not ask why."


He turns to the more familiar flag and says,

"The Demonslayer
Pirates we must fight again
Destiny awaits."


Seamanship success by 5.
Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 66 posts
Stoneman and Shipwright
Smells like onion for now
Sat 26 Mar 2022
at 22:04
  • msg #521

Chapter 1: East Blue

Ben, wakes from his sleep, rises suddenly and hits his head on a wooden beam in the roof, slightly splintering it slightly. “Right away captain!”  He shouts as he runs off to man the guns. He takes aim at the Demonslayer ship and fires the cannons!

Gunner success by 8!
This message was last edited by the player at 23:50, Mon 28 Mar 2022.
Will of D.
GM, 237 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Mon 28 Mar 2022
at 23:09
  • msg #522

Chapter 1: East Blue

The Lionhearts pulled ahead, but only just—not enough to make a difference! Both other ships fired on the apparent Navy vessel, working together to evade what they probably thought was an attempt to capture them.

Your success by 3 + 4 for assisted rolls for total success by 7, versus a margin of 5 and 4 for the other pirates. No change! You’re still at Close range!

The Demonslayer Pirates took Evasive Action, avoiding the hit but taking a -2 on their next round of Shiphandling.

With incoming attacks, you have 2 choices:

(1) Evasive Action! Roll against your effective (Shiphandling/2), but don’t forget the bonus (+4) you had from last round! Success evades one shot, plus an additional shot if you succeed by more than 0. Evasive Action gives -2 to the next round’s Shiphandling skill total.

(2) Take the Hit! If you elect to take the hit, there’s no penalty to the next round’s Shiphandling, but for every 5 hits, you get a permanent -1 that stacks!

The above is your “defense” action. You’ll also repeat the “race” maneuver options from before as well. I’ll keep the rules down here for reference:
quote:
Helmsmen will use Shiphandling v. that of both enemy ships (just one roll each round).

Anyone else can roll Seamanship. If better, one person each can roll Navigation, Meteorology, or Leadership instead of Seamanship. Any success adds +1 to the helmsman’s Shiphandling roll, +2 for a critical success, -1 for failure, and -2 for critical failure.

Everyone must roll something, or the total is at -2 as if you rolled a critical failure, but if you want to skip any ship duties to take pot shots at one of the other ships, that doesn’t grant any bonus or penalty (but you might give the enemy a penalty if you succeed).

Everyone can roll just one skill. You all start at Close range. A success on the QC of Shiphandling by 0-4 means no meaningful change. Success by 5-9 moves one range increment further ahead, while failure by that much leaves you behind! Success by 10+ moves you 2 range increments. The increments are as follows (modifier listed is for targeting a ship with cannon fire):
  • Close: +1
  • Short: -3
  • Medium: -7
  • Long: -11
  • Extreme: -15
Once you’ve pushed beyond Extreme range, you’ve effectively left them in the dust!

This message was last edited by the GM at 23:52, Mon 28 Mar 2022.
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 91 posts
Tue 29 Mar 2022
at 03:27
  • msg #523

Chapter 1: East Blue

A snarl spreads on Tony's face as he starts to get better footing and steel himself in the coming hits. "GET READY MEN, I'M RISKING THE HIT! DO WHAT YOU CAN, BUT BY THE GODS MAKE IT EPIC!" Tony yells into the action.

Pirate! Success by 2
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 116 posts
Tue 29 Mar 2022
at 03:59
  • msg #524

Chapter 1: East Blue

"Mr. Bristol! I would like to clear up this misunderstanding with the Calico Pirates. Please take me over to speak with them." Leon says as he checks over his katana and bokken, "Tony! Put the Demonslayers between us and the Calico Pirates. Ben, please assist Ori until Thane and I return."



Once they teleport aboard the Calico Pirates deck Leon smiles and waves, "Greetings Calico Pirates! I'm Captain Leon D. Hart of the Lionheart Pirates! Can I have a moment of your time?"
Will of D.
GM, 241 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Tue 29 Mar 2022
at 04:38
  • msg #525

Chapter 1: East Blue

The entire crew of the Calico pirates spun on their heels to face Leon and Thane, drawing guns and swords, several dropping them in haste.

The man in charge raised a hand to stay them.

”You!” he said, charging Leon in a sudden burst of energy. He closed the distance in a leap and nearly tackled Leon to the ground in an embrace.

”It’s because of you that I am free of that blasted prison! I am Calico Jack, captain of the Calico Pirates, and this ship! Welcome aboard! What in the four blues is going on!”

Close up, the Calico pirates were each dressed completely different, some bizarre outfits to say the least. One with some sort of strange eastern flair, one with a leopard-print unitard, another in a desert-garb of some sort, one wearing a tuxedo, and one wearing . . . an actual giant tortoise shell? There were a few others, but those stood out. The captain was the only one mostly normal, having whiskers sticking out of his face.

This is of course contingent on successful rolls from Thane…. but I’ll edit if need be…. ^_^
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 117 posts
Tue 29 Mar 2022
at 04:51
  • msg #526

Chapter 1: East Blue

Leon returns the embrace with equal vigor, lifting the smaller pirate off the ground before depositing him back on the deck, "It is a pleasure to meet you as well! That jailbreak was quite fun and I'm glad it benefited you so!"

"That Navy vessel off the port side, the one maneuvering around the Demonslayers, that's my new ship. We just stole it from Captain Dryden in Loguetown and I'd appreciate it if you'd stop blowing holes in it." Leon says with a grin, "We've got our Roger up, but haven't had time to repaint the ship or redo the sails yet, so I understand the confusion."

"What's going on between you and the Demonslayers?" Leon asks.
Will of D.
GM, 242 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Tue 29 Mar 2022
at 11:47
  • msg #527

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

”Oh!” said Jack. The rest of the crew lowered weapons and got back to manning the ship, the cannoneers pointedly shifting their aim to the Demonslayers. ”I thought it was a bit odd for the Navy to fly a Jolly Roger. Is that yours then? Very nice. Well, the Demonslayers hate all Devilfruit users like myself, so I figure they were after me. Been after me since the escape. But then you showed up, coming in hard. They starred shooting you, too! Dunno why!”
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 118 posts
Tue 29 Mar 2022
at 13:16
  • msg #528

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

"Do you remember our first ship, the one from the prison break? We took out an entire Demonslayer crew and stole it from them, so they have extra reason to hate us." Leon says with a mischievous grin, then steps back to Thane and nods, "Calico Pirates, it's been a pleasure! Until next time friends!"
Will of D.
GM, 243 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Tue 29 Mar 2022
at 13:28
  • msg #529

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

”Until next time! said Jack, who began immediately barking orders at the crew. ”Tabby and Tortie, heading up! Siamese and Sphinx, sheet out! Bengal and Tuxedo, Gybe-Ho!”
This message had punctuation tweaked by the GM at 13:29, Tue 29 Mar 2022.
Ori Kami
Origami Loremaster, 44 posts
Wed 30 Mar 2022
at 02:51
  • msg #530

Chapter 1: East Blue

With a wave goodbye to the Captain and Thane, Ori gets to work. He does his best to make up for the loss of manpower, but still manages to find the time to fold a paper crane and send it flapping at the Demonslayer ship.

When it arrives, he shouts through it:

"That's the best you've got?
Guess you all need Devil Fruit!
Put in some effort!"



Success on Origami Ally
Success on Seamanship

Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 91 posts
Thu 31 Mar 2022
at 01:15
  • msg #531

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

"Sure thing!" Thane responds to Leon's request for a quick field trip to visit the Calico Pirates. Putting his hand on Leon's shoulder, he sends him over. A few seconds later, he warps himself over to see Leon conversing with the captain of the Calico Pirates. Upon hearing Leon's farewell, he warps him back to their ship, gives a small salute to the Calico Pirates, then warps himself back as well, interested to see how his crewmates have been handling things in his and Leon's short absence.

Success on warps and body sense rolls as follows:
Leon over - by 6
Me over- by 3
Body sense there- by 6
Leon back- by 9
Me back- by 7
Body sense back- by 4

Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 67 posts
Stoneman and Shipwright
Smells like onion for now
Thu 31 Mar 2022
at 01:36
  • msg #532

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Ben springs into action and starts grabbing and hoisting ropes, and grabs some with his teeth “Aye Aye, Capfen!” as he starts working double time

Success by Six!!! Rolled 5 for seamanship!
This message was lightly edited by the player at 01:11, Wed 06 Apr 2022.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 119 posts
Wed 6 Apr 2022
at 00:56
  • msg #533

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Thane and Leon land back on the deck and he announces, "Our friends the Calico Pirates will be focusing on the Demonslayers, as should we."

"And I don't care if they're our friends, we're gonna win this race!" the captain shouts, "Onward to victory!"
This message was last edited by the player at 02:23, Wed 06 Apr 2022.
Will of D.
GM, 244 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Wed 6 Apr 2022
at 03:11
  • msg #534

Chapter 1: East Blue

Calico Jack and his crew caught the wind just right to sail them ahead, taking them into the lead! They continued blasting the Demonslayers, who did not avoid damage this time despite evasive actions. The Demonslayers turned their guns on Jack’s ship, and they were hit!

Your success by 2 + 2 for assisted rolls for total success by 4, versus a margin of 10 from Calico Jack and 6 for the other pirates. Calico pirates pull ahead!

The Demonslayer Pirates and Calico Pirates took Evasive Action, giving them each a -2 on their next round of Shiphandling. They were each also hit by 1 shot.

Demonslayers: -2 (1 hit) close range
Calicos: -2 (1 hit) short range
quote:
Helmsmen will use Shiphandling v. that of both enemy ships (just one roll each round).

Anyone else can roll Seamanship. If better, one person each can roll Navigation, Meteorology, or Leadership instead of Seamanship. Any success adds +1 to the helmsman’s Shiphandling roll, +2 for a critical success, -1 for failure, and -2 for critical failure.

Everyone must roll something, or the total is at -2 as if you rolled a critical failure, but if you want to skip any ship duties to take pot shots at one of the other ships, that doesn’t grant any bonus or penalty (but you might give the enemy a penalty if you succeed).

Everyone can roll just one skill. You all start at Close range. A success on the QC of Shiphandling by 0-4 means no meaningful change. Success by 5-9 moves one range increment further ahead, while failure by that much leaves you behind! Success by 10+ moves you 2 range increments. The increments are as follows (modifier listed is for targeting a ship with cannon fire):
  • Close: +1
  • Short: -3
  • Medium: -7
  • Long: -11
  • Extreme: -15
Once you’ve pushed beyond Extreme range, you’ve effectively left them in the dust!

Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 120 posts
Thu 7 Apr 2022
at 04:32
  • msg #535

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

"Alright lads! We've got some sea to cover if we're going to be the first ones over the mountain!" Leon shouts, "Full speed ahead! Blast the Demonslayers! Onward to victory!"

Leadership success by 1.
This message was last edited by the player at 04:32, Thu 07 Apr 2022.
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 92 posts
Thu 7 Apr 2022
at 20:43
  • msg #536

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

"On it!" Thane shouts behind him as he returns to his equipment in the crow's nest, and subsequently shouting out navigational directions to his fellow Lionheart Pirates.

Navigation success by 3
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 92 posts
Sat 9 Apr 2022
at 00:55
  • msg #537

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Upon seeing his brother return and inform the crew of their sister ship in crime, Tony let's out a fierce roar, hiccups, and finishes the roar before looking ahead and grabbing the wheel with both hands.

Shiphandling success by 1
Ori Kami
Origami Loremaster, 45 posts
Sat 9 Apr 2022
at 20:22
  • msg #538

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Ori gracefully moves about the ship. He appears to be in no rush, but also wastes no motion as he sets about his tasks.

"Quality of work
Defeats quantity wasted
Always plan ahead!"


Success on Seamanship.

Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 68 posts
Stoneman and Shipwright
Smells like onion for now
Sat 9 Apr 2022
at 21:39
  • msg #539

Chapter 1: East Blue

With a certain ferocity, Ben Fires swiftly upon the Demonslayers with a steady rhythm of cannon fire. His movements are now all in sync with laying down fire.

success by 8!!! Rolled an 8 on Gunner
This message was last edited by the player at 21:49, Sat 09 Apr 2022.
Will of D.
GM, 248 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Sat 9 Apr 2022
at 22:57
  • msg #540

Chapter 1: East Blue

The Calico Pirates kept their lead, blasting and being blasted in turn by the Demonslayers. The Lionhearts blasted the Demonslayers as well, who took both hits despite evasive action.

Your success by 1 + 3 for assisted rolls for total success by 4, versus a margin of 6 from Calico Jack and 3 for the Demonslayers. No change!

The Demonslayer Pirates and Calico Pirates took Evasive Action, giving them each a -2 on their next round of Shiphandling. Demonslayers were hit by 2 shots, and Calicos were hit by 1.

Demonslayers: -2 (3 hits): Close range
Calicos: -2 (2 hits): Short range
quote:
Helmsmen will use Shiphandling v. that of both enemy ships (just one roll each round).

Anyone else can roll Seamanship. If better, one person each can roll Navigation, Meteorology, or Leadership instead of Seamanship. Any success adds +1 to the helmsman’s Shiphandling roll, +2 for a critical success, -1 for failure, and -2 for critical failure.

Everyone must roll something, or the total is at -2 as if you rolled a critical failure, but if you want to skip any ship duties to take pot shots at one of the other ships, that doesn’t grant any bonus or penalty (but you might give the enemy a penalty if you succeed).

Everyone can roll just one skill. You all start at Close range. A success on the QC of Shiphandling by 0-4 means no meaningful change. Success by 5-9 moves one range increment further ahead, while failure by that much leaves you behind! Success by 10+ moves you 2 range increments. The increments are as follows (modifier listed is for targeting a ship with cannon fire):
  • Close: +1
  • Short: -3
  • Medium: -7
  • Long: -11
  • Extreme: -15
Once you’ve pushed beyond Extreme range, you’ve effectively left them in the dust!

This message was last edited by the GM at 22:57, Sat 09 Apr 2022.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 121 posts
Sun 10 Apr 2022
at 01:28
  • msg #541

Chapter 1: East Blue

"All hands open fire!" Leon shouts as he mans a cannon and fires at the Demonslayers, "Bring those bastards down!"

Gunner success by 0.
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 93 posts
Mon 11 Apr 2022
at 02:01
  • msg #542

Chapter 1: East Blue

"Ok Captain, but I've never been any good at this," Thane says as he mounts a cannon. Thane grimaces after hearing the cannon fire, afraid to see where the shot was headed.

Gunner Fail by 3
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 93 posts
Wed 13 Apr 2022
at 21:08
  • msg #543

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony hears Leon's order and immediately leaves the wheel, bounding and sprinting to the closest cannons. He glares at the Demonslayer ship, prepares the weapon and let's loose. BOOM!!! The cannon sounds as Tony smiles at the explosion, the belch of flame following the projectile makes his pupils fill his irises and he begins a loud purr almost audible over the cannon fire.

PIRATE! success by 8! [Rolled a 10, glasses give +2 to ranged attacks, -1 from Pirate and Dex is 13]
This message was last edited by the player at 22:21, Wed 13 Apr 2022.
Ori Kami
Origami Loremaster, 46 posts
Thu 14 Apr 2022
at 01:18
  • msg #544

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

As soon as Tony rushes off to fire on the enemy ship, Ori steps in to take his place. He cackles madly, adjusts his hat, and holds the wheel at the angle he thinks best for speed.

"Calling out to me
This helm, will it control me?
Or will I prevail?"


Success on Shiphandling by 0.

Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 69 posts
Stoneman and Shipwright
Smells like onion for now
Sat 16 Apr 2022
at 23:53
  • msg #545

Chapter 1: East Blue

Ben runs over and setting the loads by the cannons in between shots of his own, like a busy server in a restaurant.

Rolled an 11 on DX gunner, so success by 5
This message was last edited by the player at 00:02, Sun 17 Apr 2022.
Will of D.
GM, 252 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Sun 17 Apr 2022
at 03:59
  • msg #546

Chapter 1: East Blue

The Calico Pirates pulled even further ahead, and the Demonslayers turned all their focus on the Lionhearts, unleashing a cannon blast in their direction.

Your success by 0 v. 6 by the Calico Pirates and fail by 2 for the Demonslayers. Calicos pull ahead!

The Demonslayer Pirates took Evasive Action, but failed. They were hit by 3 shots. They took one shot at you!

Demonslayers: -3 (6 hits): Close range
Calicos (2 hits): Medium range
quote:
Helmsmen will use Shiphandling v. that of both enemy ships (just one roll each round).

Anyone else can roll Seamanship. If better, one person each can roll Navigation, Meteorology, or Leadership instead of Seamanship. Any success adds +1 to the helmsman’s Shiphandling roll, +2 for a critical success, -1 for failure, and -2 for critical failure.

Everyone must roll something, or the total is at -2 as if you rolled a critical failure, but if you want to skip any ship duties to take pot shots at one of the other ships, that doesn’t grant any bonus or penalty (but you might give the enemy a penalty if you succeed).

Everyone can roll just one skill. You all start at Close range. A success on the QC of Shiphandling by 0-4 means no meaningful change. Success by 5-9 moves one range increment further ahead, while failure by that much leaves you behind! Success by 10+ moves you 2 range increments. The increments are as follows (modifier listed is for targeting a ship with cannon fire):
  • Close: +1
  • Short: -3
  • Medium: -7
  • Long: -11
  • Extreme: -15
Once you’ve pushed beyond Extreme range, you’ve effectively left them in the dust!

Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 122 posts
Sun 17 Apr 2022
at 07:11
  • msg #547

Chapter 1: East Blue

"Keep firing!" Leon shouts as he leaps out and parries the incoming cannonball, allowing the momentum to push him back to land on the deck.

Precognitive Parry success!
Parry success!

Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 70 posts
Stoneman and Shipwright
Smells like onion for now
Tue 19 Apr 2022
at 02:14
  • msg #548

Chapter 1: East Blue

Ben aims the guns one more time at the Demonslayer ship and let’s loose on the cannons.

Success by 10!!! Rolled a 6
This message was last edited by the player at 02:17, Tue 19 Apr 2022.
Ori Kami
Origami Loremaster, 47 posts
Tue 19 Apr 2022
at 05:33
  • msg #549

Chapter 1: East Blue

Ori steers to give his crew the best possible shot on the Demonslayer vessel. The incoming cannon fire does not seem to bother him in the slightest and he does nothing to get out of the way.

"Cannons ring, smoking
Battle flows forth, outpouring
Spirits are forging!"


Success by 3 on Shiphandling.
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 94 posts
Thu 21 Apr 2022
at 00:29
  • msg #550

Chapter 1: East Blue

"Ok, let's try this again!" Thane shouts as he attempts a second shot with the cannon, again grimacing as the shot rings out.

Gunner fail by 2
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 94 posts
Thu 21 Apr 2022
at 01:24
  • msg #551

Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony reloads, trying to keep up with everyone and fire in succession. He almost drops the new cannonball, but catches it in time and fires.

Success by 2 with goggles
Will of D.
GM, 254 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Thu 21 Apr 2022
at 23:08
  • msg #552

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

The Calico Pirates really took to the winds, sailing ahead once again. Calico Jack was barely visible from the deck, sticking out his tongue.

The Demonslayer’s shot again at the Lionhearts, completely giving up on the Calico pirates. A lucky gust of wind lurched their ship just as the cannons fired, leaving them unscathed but otherwise still near the Lionhearts.

Your success by 3 v. 10 by the Calico Pirates and 3 for the Demonslayers. Calicos pull ahead again!

The Demonslayer Pirates took Evasive Action, and succeeded! They evaded both shots!

Demonslayers: -3 (6 hits): Close range
Calicos (2 hits): Long range
quote:
Helmsmen will use Shiphandling v. that of both enemy ships (just one roll each round).

Anyone else can roll Seamanship. If better, one person each can roll Navigation, Meteorology, or Leadership instead of Seamanship. Any success adds +1 to the helmsman’s Shiphandling roll, +2 for a critical success, -1 for failure, and -2 for critical failure.

Everyone must roll something, or the total is at -2 as if you rolled a critical failure, but if you want to skip any ship duties to take pot shots at one of the other ships, that doesn’t grant any bonus or penalty (but you might give the enemy a penalty if you succeed).

Everyone can roll just one skill. You all start at Close range. A success on the QC of Shiphandling by 0-4 means no meaningful change. Success by 5-9 moves one range increment further ahead, while failure by that much leaves you behind! Success by 10+ moves you 2 range increments. The increments are as follows (modifier listed is for targeting a ship with cannon fire):
  • Close: +1
  • Short: -3
  • Medium: -7
  • Long: -11
  • Extreme: -15
Once you’ve pushed beyond Extreme range, you’ve effectively left them in the dust!

Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 123 posts
Thu 21 Apr 2022
at 23:46
  • msg #553

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Leon again runs and leaps out over the water at the incoming cannon fire and deflects it with his spirit wood bokken. The transfer of momentum sends him flying backwards, but he catches a line and spirals gracefully back down to the deck.

"Keep firing! Hit'em where it hurts!"

Precognitive Parry success. (×3)
Parry success. (×3)

This message was last edited by the player at 03:22, Fri 22 Apr 2022.
Ori Kami
Origami Loremaster, 48 posts
Fri 22 Apr 2022
at 00:02
  • msg #554

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Ori continues to steer as close as possible to the Demonslayer vessel.

Shiphandling success by 1, then 0, then 1.

This message was last edited by the player at 15:02, Fri 22 Apr 2022.
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 95 posts
Fri 22 Apr 2022
at 12:42
  • msg #555

Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony fires the Cannon twice more, feeling more and more frustrated as his shots seem to not hit quite as hard as he wants them to and decides to try something a little desperate. He stands back, calls a ball of Sake to his hand, uses his flint glove to ignite it  and throws it to the other deck.

Cannon success x 2, Sake Bomb success.
Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 71 posts
Stoneman and Shipwright
Smells like onion for now
Fri 22 Apr 2022
at 12:48
  • msg #556

Chapter 1: East Blue

Ben continues his barrage, focused on sinking the Demonslayer ship or atleast disable it.

Ben rolled a 6,10,9, success on all three for Gunner with a -3
This message was last edited by the player at 12:49, Fri 22 Apr 2022.
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 95 posts
Fri 22 Apr 2022
at 18:39
  • msg #557

Chapter 1: East Blue

Frustrated by the failure of his last two shots, Thane's brow furrows as he fires his cannon a few more times at the Demonslayer's ship.

Gunner success by 5, 3, and 5 respectively
Will of D.
GM, 255 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Fri 22 Apr 2022
at 23:08
  • msg #558

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

The Calico pirates quickly made headway with the other two ships fighting. They were barely visible as a speck sailing up Reverse Mountain.

The Demonslayers took heavy hits, returning some of their own, which were deflected by Leon’s expert swordsmanship. Tony’s ball of flaming liquid erupted on deck, creating havoc that distracted the crew. The captain was barely able to focus on keeping pace much less evade cannon fire.

Round 1: success by 1 v. Demonslayers 0 and Calicos 11.
Round 2: success by 0 v. Demonslayers 3 and Calicos 11.
Round 3: success by 1 v. Demonslayers 3.

The Demonslayer Pirates took Evasive Action, and failed all three rounds!

Fire will give them -2, but they can’t take evasive action any more!

Demonslayers: -4 (14 hits): Close range, ship on fire!
Calicos: Long gone!
quote:
Helmsmen will use Shiphandling v. that of both enemy ships (just one roll each round).

Anyone else can roll Seamanship. If better, one person each can roll Navigation, Meteorology, or Leadership instead of Seamanship. Any success adds +1 to the helmsman’s Shiphandling roll, +2 for a critical success, -1 for failure, and -2 for critical failure.

Everyone must roll something, or the total is at -2 as if you rolled a critical failure, but if you want to skip any ship duties to take pot shots at one of the other ships, that doesn’t grant any bonus or penalty (but you might give the enemy a penalty if you succeed).

Everyone can roll just one skill. You all start at Close range. A success on the QC of Shiphandling by 0-4 means no meaningful change. Success by 5-9 moves one range increment further ahead, while failure by that much leaves you behind! Success by 10+ moves you 2 range increments. The increments are as follows (modifier listed is for targeting a ship with cannon fire):
  • Close: +1
  • Short: -3
  • Medium: -7
  • Long: -11
  • Extreme: -15
Once you’ve pushed beyond Extreme range, you’ve effectively left them in the dust!

Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 124 posts
Sat 23 Apr 2022
at 02:50
  • msg #559

Chapter 1: East Blue

Leon and his bokken are an impenetrable wall. No shot makes it past his defenses, "Keep shooting until they are fire and ashes sinking into the sea!"

All rolls to defend succeed. One Precognitive Parry roll was a critical success.
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 96 posts
Sat 23 Apr 2022
at 02:52
  • msg #560

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

"Now that's what I'm talking about!" Thane shouts as he finally has success. "Here is some more where that came from!"

Success by 9, 2, and 2 respectively.
Ori Kami
Origami Loremaster, 49 posts
Sat 23 Apr 2022
at 20:56
  • msg #561

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Ori gets a little too excited about the cannon fire and steers poorly for a few seconds. He soon corrects course though and gets the ship back on course.

"The sound of cannon
Our enemy, crumbles, sinks
Soon to meet the deep."


Shiphandling Fail by 3, Success by 2, Success by 0.
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 96 posts
Sun 24 Apr 2022
at 22:56
  • msg #562

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony's eyes alight at the flames dancing on the other ship and he quickly fires another double cannon volley before yelling "AND A SAKE CHASER!!!" And throws another Sake bomb onto the enemy's ship.

Cannon fire success X2 success by 7 and 6, Sake Bomb success by 7.
Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 72 posts
Stoneman and Shipwright
Smells like onion for now
Sun 24 Apr 2022
at 23:44
  • msg #563

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

A large black figure wipes his face revealing eyes and a rocky grimace as through the smoke Ben prepares for a couple more rounds to besiege the Demonslayer ship.

beating 14, 3 successes, focused gunner roll of 13, 12, and 9.
This message was last edited by the player at 23:48, Sun 24 Apr 2022.
Will of D.
GM, 263 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Tue 26 Apr 2022
at 22:34
  • msg #564

Chapter 1: East Blue

The first exchange, Leon sent the cannonball back towards the Demonslayers. They took such heavy hits that they began to slow. Unable to press for speed and outrun the Lionhearts, they continued blasting, but Leon sliced each shot clean in half.

Fires raged on deck, and another eruption of flames from Tony left the deck hands with no way to both combat the flames and help with the rigging and sails.

Round 1: fail by 3 v. Demonslayers success by 0.
Round 2: success by 2 v. Demonslayers by 1.
Round 3: success by 0 v. Demonslayers by 4.

Fire will give them -2, but they can’t take evasive action any more!

Demonslayers: -6 (24 hits): Close range, ship on fire!
quote:
Helmsmen will use Shiphandling v. that of both enemy ships (just one roll each round).

Anyone else can roll Seamanship. If better, one person each can roll Navigation, Meteorology, or Leadership instead of Seamanship. Any success adds +1 to the helmsman’s Shiphandling roll, +2 for a critical success, -1 for failure, and -2 for critical failure.

Everyone must roll something, or the total is at -2 as if you rolled a critical failure, but if you want to skip any ship duties to take pot shots at one of the other ships, that doesn’t grant any bonus or penalty (but you might give the enemy a penalty if you succeed).

Everyone can roll just one skill. You all start at Close range. A success on the QC of Shiphandling by 0-4 means no meaningful change. Success by 5-9 moves one range increment further ahead, while failure by that much leaves you behind! Success by 10+ moves you 2 range increments. The increments are as follows (modifier listed is for targeting a ship with cannon fire):
  • Close: +1
  • Short: -3
  • Medium: -7
  • Long: -11
  • Extreme: -15
Once you’ve pushed beyond Extreme range, you’ve effectively left them in the dust!

Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 97 posts
Tue 26 Apr 2022
at 22:41
  • msg #565

Chapter 1: East Blue

Finally hitting a groove with the cannon, Thane continues firing with a huge grin on his face.

Gunner success by 0, 1, 7, 9, and 1 respectively.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 125 posts
Tue 26 Apr 2022
at 23:30
  • msg #566

Chapter 1: East Blue

Leon hits a graceful rhythm defending their ship as he runs, springs, flips and spins about the deck. No shot touches their ship and he manages to send four shots flying back the way they came.

Round 1 success. Round 2, 3, & 5 success with Crit on the parries. Round four success with Crit on Precognitive Parry.

That'll be 4 hits while on defence! :D

This message was last edited by the player at 15:36, Sat 30 Apr 2022.
Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 73 posts
Stoneman and Shipwright
Smells like onion for now
Fri 29 Apr 2022
at 00:05
  • msg #567

Chapter 1: East Blue


Ben continues his hurried run on the guns and starts wind milling his arms around. As he reloads, packs the powder, and strikes a flint, aims, and then moves on to the next canon with expert precision!
“I think I’m getting the hang of this boys!” he shouts between explosions
success by 2,4,3,3,and 1!! On gunner roll
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 97 posts
Fri 29 Apr 2022
at 02:45
  • msg #568

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony let's out a fierce roar and with all speed afforded him with his feline grace, he in quick succession fired one, two, three, four, FIVE! cannonballs into the enemy ship.

firing success by 4,6,2,3,7
Ori Kami
Origami Loremaster, 50 posts
Fri 29 Apr 2022
at 19:49
  • msg #569

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Ori continues to steer the ship, but has a bit of trouble as they steer into all the smoke from the cannons.

Shiphandling Success by 3, Fail by 2, Success by 5, Fail by 6, Success by 2.
Will of D.
GM, 265 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Sat 30 Apr 2022
at 15:33
  • msg #570

Chapter 1: East Blue

Ori barely managed to keep stride, but then the smoke and canon fire began to distract the Demonslayers just as much. Their ship was falling apart, and he was able to pull right alongside. The deck was a shambles, and the entire crew was working just to keep it afloat.

Round 1: success by 3 v. success by 1.
Round 2: fail by 2 v. fail by 3.
Round 3: success by 5 v. fail by 5.
Round 4: fail by 6 v. fail by 6.
Round 5: success by 2 v. fail by 4.

Demonslayers: -11 (48 hits): Close range, ship on fire!

You guys can board without any difficulty. You can pull right along them and hop over with a Jumping or Acrobatics roll (or Pirate! at +1). Or you can fly/teleport, whatever else is dramatically appropriate.

Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 126 posts
Sat 30 Apr 2022
at 15:58
  • msg #571

Chapter 1: East Blue

"Cease fire! Let's go finish this in person!" Leon orders since it looks like the ship is on its last gasp. He runs and leaps up to the Demonslayer main mast smashing it and riding it down to the deck to meet his crew. He cuts loose the Demonslayer Jolly Roger with his knife and says, "Grab anything that looks cool! And somebody should check their brig for prisoners, maybe they've got somebody with really cool powers in there!"

Flying Leap success.
Katana! attack the mast success.
65 crushing damage.

This message was last edited by the player at 16:00, Sat 30 Apr 2022.
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 98 posts
Tue 3 May 2022
at 01:39
  • msg #572

Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony leaps after Leon and yells "I've got the brig!" and charges toward the nearest stairs below deck.
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 98 posts
Tue 3 May 2022
at 02:44
  • msg #573

Chapter 1: East Blue

Thane warps over to the Demonslayer ship. Upon hearing Tony's call that he was headed towards the brig, Thane responds, "Right behind you! Maybe they have some goods down there too!" as he follows Tony below deck, making sure Tony was the first one through any doorways.

Success on warp and body sense.
Will of D.
GM, 270 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Wed 4 May 2022
at 21:34
  • msg #574

Chapter 1: East Blue

Leon destroyed the mast, grabbing yet another Demonslayer Jolly Roger souvenir.

The captain of the ship spun a Halberd around, prepared for a duel. He spat to the side and sized up Leon.

Below deck, the brig contained a single man, wrists, feet, and neck chained, and held behind a barred cage. He had disheveled brown hair and a high collared long coat. The guard had long since abandoned his post, leaving the Lionhearts alone with the prisoner.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 127 posts
Wed 4 May 2022
at 23:11
  • msg #575

Chapter 1: East Blue

"Greetings Captain ...?" Leon lets the greeting hang for the other man to supply his name, while he tucks the Jolly Roger trophy securely into his belt, "I am Captain Leon D. Hart of the Lionheart Pirates!"

He grips his bokken in both hands and stares at the other man, "I'm ready when you are."

Evaluate other Captain.
Ori Kami
Origami Loremaster, 51 posts
Thu 5 May 2022
at 17:07
  • msg #576

Chapter 1: East Blue

Ori makes a set of wings for himself, refolds his hat, and then hovers above the battle of Captains. If anyone tries to interfere, he will intercept.

"Captain to Captain
Battle of pride, pour it forth
Cut through destiny!"


Success on the creation of both the wings and the hat.
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 99 posts
Fri 6 May 2022
at 03:04
  • msg #577

Chapter 1: East Blue

Thane nudged Tony to get his attention and pointed at the prisoner in the barred cage, "What do you think they were doing with this guy? I'm going to take a closer look at him." Thane warps into the cage, takes a better look at him from up close, then nudges the guy saying, "You still breathing?"

Success on warp and body sense. Critical fail on perception check
Will of D.
GM, 271 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Fri 6 May 2022
at 03:36
  • msg #578

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

”Yes,” said the man, yawning. “Have you come to rescue me? Who are you?”

How he could have been sleeping through the firestorm of cannons was…. hard to comprehend.



Up top, the captain circled, sizing up Leon.

”Captain Conner,” the man said. “You may have bested us today, but your demonic tirades will end. Nothing can withstand the might it the Demonslayers! Not even one a Warlord of the Sea! We will even take down the Four Emperors!”
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 128 posts
Fri 6 May 2022
at 04:03
  • msg #579

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

"Honestly Captain Conners, I'm not to impressed with you Demonslayers. Yours is the second crew we have defeated." Leon says continuing to circle and watch his opponent, "Captain Redgrave though, he was quite strong; I would very much like to duel him again. Maybe the Demonslayers aren't all pushovers, but you lot were a bit of a letdown..."

Evaluate
Will of D.
GM, 272 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Fri 6 May 2022
at 04:39
  • msg #580

Chapter 1: East Blue

”You had us at a disadvantage with those blasted Calico pirates. We would have had them, and they were our target, not you. We had our own situation to deal with on board. You know nothing of our true capabilities.”

Conner shifted his stance again, ready to strike but not taking the first move for some reason.

The rest of his crew stood by, watching the duel, weapons ready but not moving to engage.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 129 posts
Fri 6 May 2022
at 14:28
  • msg #581

Chapter 1: East Blue

"Calico Jack is my friend and when a friend needs help you help them! Besides, you didn't deal with both of us for more than a minute, we simply took their place." Leon says with a grin as he continues to circle, "If you bit off more than you could chew that shows poor leadership, not unfairness. If you were more capable you sure picked an odd way to show it."

"Anyways I'm bored of this, so let's fight." Leon says as his bokken flies forward at Captain Conners, "PROBING STRIKE!"

Impulsiveness fail lol.
Katana! Feint success by 14.

Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 99 posts
Fri 6 May 2022
at 21:20
  • msg #582

Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony enters the room, looks around at the sound of the man's voice and begins to look at the cage, trying to see how to open it. "Who are you? Why are you locked up? And how do I open this st-*hiccup*-upid thing?"


perception of man failed by one, perception of cage failed by 2.
Will of D.
GM, 273 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Fri 6 May 2022
at 21:47
  • msg #583

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Captain Conner didn’t even flinch.

”Nice try,” he said, spinning around, using the hefty blade’s weight to increase his momentum, stepping forward in almost leaping circles before his attack.

”DIVINE DANCE: SPINDLE BLADE!”

Feint failed! Defend or take 25 cutting damage!



When Tony touched the cage, he was overcome by a sense of weakness. Releasing the bars returned his strength.

”Seastone,” the prisoner said. ”A Mink Fruit-User. Interesting. The keys are right over there.”

He nodded his head toward a ring with several skeleton keys sitting on a table across the room. The keys had been abandoned in haste, the chair and most of the contents of the table were strewn across the floor.
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 100 posts
Fri 6 May 2022
at 21:59
  • msg #584

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

"Oh shoot, glad I didn't try the door. Doors and I aren't on good terms anyway," Thane says upon hearing the cage was made of seastone. "Anyway, let me get those keys quick," as he warps out of the cage to where the man had pointed. Grabbing the keys, Thane warps back inside the cage and then pauses. Fiddling with the keys he asks, "You know which one is for your chains? Also, I should probably ask why they had you locked up... You have powers too? I think I remember hearing these guys have it out for Fruit-Users. Tony, didn't Leon say something like that?"

Success on my warps. If it isn't obvious, I am trying to show the guy Tony isn't the only special one lol
Will of D.
GM, 274 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Fri 6 May 2022
at 22:02
  • msg #585

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

”It’s that one right there,” he said, pointing to one of the keys. ”Indeed, as the two of you, I am also a Fruit-User. They don’t seem to be concerned with anything else but capturing Fruit-Users and bringing them to their strange semblance of justice, though I have it on good authority that their zealotry extends also to non-humans, which they likewise view as ‘demons.’”
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 101 posts
Fri 6 May 2022
at 22:15
  • msg #586

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

"Oh wow. These guys sound like they're way off the deep end. Well, our Captain's taking care of the guy in charge upstairs, which shouldn't take him too long. After that, I'm sure he'd be interested to hear what you have to say" Thane says as he starts using the key to let him out. "By the way, what fruit did you eat? Ugh! Sorry, just thinking about eating that thing again makes me gag." Before hearing an answer from the prisoner though, an interrupting thought takes over Thane's mind: "Oh, Tony, we should probably take another look around in case there's anything worthwhile. This ship won't last forever after everything we did to it." Thane says as he hears the chains clink, though he has already started looking around the cage and the rest of the surroundings for anything interesting.

Barely a success on my perception roll (by 0)
Will of D.
GM, 275 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Fri 6 May 2022
at 22:30
  • msg #587

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

”Oh thank you! That feels much better. I ate the Suteppu Suteppu-no Mi, making me a Step-Step Human, hence my nickname. Would you like to see? It’s very interesting. I just need a bit of space. Perhaps you could get the cage door open? Or can you take me with you when you teleport? That would be fun!”

Thane didn’t see anything at first, but then there was a large pile of something off in the corner, shaded from view as the lights on that end of the ship had gone out.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 130 posts
Fri 6 May 2022
at 22:43
  • msg #588

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Leon smiles as Conners sees through his front, perhaps this duel would be worth his time after all. He deftly parries the spinning glaive with his bokken, then feints once more.

"TEST ANXIETY!"

Critical Success on Parry!
Success by 14 on another Feint!

Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 102 posts
Sat 7 May 2022
at 00:17
  • msg #589

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

His attention still held by scanning the room and noticing a pile in a corner, Thane points to it saying to Tony, "Hey, can you go check that pile over there? Looks intriguing and could be something cool." Turning his attention back to the prisoner, it finally registers that they are still in the cage. "Oh, yea, we should get out of here. I don't think you gave me your nickname, or even a name for that matter, so I have no idea what a Step-Step Human can do... I'd love to find out though! It's easier if I just send you first. Of you go!" Thane says as he puts his hand on the prisoner's shoulder and warps him out of the cage. Realizing he didn't warn the man before doing it, Thane winces, "Oooh, sorry. Should have warned you that it is a doozy your first time." Thane then warps himself out of the cage right next to the man. "You ok? Hopefully you're still up for showing off you abilities a little bit!"

Success on both warps and my body sense roll.
Will of D.
GM, 276 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Sat 7 May 2022
at 00:57
  • msg #590

Chapter 1: East Blue

Captain Conner nearly dropped his weapon as Leon parried, leaving it off-balance. He raised a hand as if to block the bokken with his forearm, then smiled.

”Got me that time,” he said.

”ANGELIC POSE: MEDITATION!”

He leapt away from Leon a bit and focused inward, one hand raised before him, his weapon trailing behind and held in a one-handed grip with the other.

Crit made him unable to use his weapon, so I treated it as a penalty to his skill for the QC. You succeeded by 2! He took an All-Out Defense.



Completely unfazed by the teleportation, the man said, ”Ah, freedom. Thank you. It works just like this.”

From standing outside the cage, the man looked toward the stairs up and took a single step. That step took him all the way up to the deck in a blur.

”They call me Tommy ‘Two-Step,’ but my name is Thomas Tew,” he called down the Thane and Tony before vanish from sight in another blur.



Back up top, a bluish blur brought the prisoner from below directly between Leon and Conner. He dusted off his blue, high-collared long coat, then tossed back his disheveled brown hair. He had the makings of a beard, or lack of shaving, sparsely patched across his chin.

”No…” said Conner.

”Yes,” said Tommy, taking a step back, a blur that shot out to the most distant edge of the Lionheart’s ship, then he stepped back, the blur returning him all the way through Conner.

The Demonslayer captain spit up blood and dropped his halberd, clutching the gaping wound in his chest.

”Apologies, ummm, mister lion mink, but I had a score to settle with this one,” said Tommy. He turned around, arm covered in blood. ”And so, the Angel of Death falls. I’ll be sure to pass along your demise. Perhaps the rest of your crew mates will avoid crossing one of the Seven Warlords.”

He turned back to the Mink clutching his bokken.

”Now, how rude of me. What was your name? I am Thomas Tew, or as they say, Tommy ‘Two Step.’”
His arrival happened so quickly that you don’t have a chance to react!
Ori Kami
Origami Loremaster, 52 posts
Sat 7 May 2022
at 01:24
  • msg #591

Chapter 1: East Blue

Ori flies a bit closer, over Leon's head. He chants,

"The Seven Warlords
Annoy them at your peril
Lest you wind up dead."


He gives a nod of respect to Tommy, and waits for Leon to respond.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 131 posts
Sat 7 May 2022
at 01:26
  • msg #592

Chapter 1: East Blue

"WOAH!!! DID YOU GUYS SEE THAT!? THAT WAS SO EPIC!" Leon shouts to his crew, "Oh man! That was amazing!"

He quickly stows his bokken and approaches and shakes the Warlord's blood soaked hand, "Tommy Two-Step, one of the Warlords of the Sea, wow! I am Leon D. Hart, Captain of the Lionheart Pirates! It is a pleasure to make your acquaintance!"

"This is our third run in with the Demonslayers, but our first with this particular crew. I was thinking that might have been a good duel, but personal vendettas must come first." Leon says with a wide grin, "Now we're going to finish looting their ship then sink it if you don't mind, but after that we'd be happy to give you a ride!"
Will of D.
GM, 277 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Sat 7 May 2022
at 01:37
  • msg #593

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

”Lionheart,” he said, scratching his chin. ”I like it. Actually, if you wouldn’t mind, could you give me an idea of where exactly we are? Perhaps your navigator and a map could…”

He looked up, just realizing that Reverse Mountain was just a ways off.

”Ah, so the East Blue side of Reverse Mountain, that means I need to go…” he turned around a bit, then stopped, pointing. ”This way! Well, pleasure to meet you all, but I do have business to attend to. Step warily. The Grand Line is no place for to throw caution to the wind.”

He gave an elaborate, formal bow, then stepped off the side of the ship, a blue blur flashing into the distant horizon.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 132 posts
Sat 7 May 2022
at 02:27
  • msg #594

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

"Fan-Tastic! Man! How do you think that works!? Crazy!" Leon is incredulous at the experience they just had, "A real Warlord of the Sea! Wow!"

"Ok, well let's grab the loot and get going!" Leon shouts to his crew, "The Grand Line awaits!"
This message was last edited by the player at 02:30, Sat 07 May 2022.
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 103 posts
Sat 7 May 2022
at 02:42
  • msg #595

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

"Woah!" Thane exclaims as the freed prisoner blurred up the stairs, "You see that? How did these guys catch a guy like that?" Glancing in Tony's direction, Thane remembers the pile he saw earlier, "Hey, did you figure out what was over there?"
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 100 posts
Sat 7 May 2022
at 17:45
  • msg #596

Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony's eye twitches a little and his paws tighten and relax a few times as he takes a few breaths to fight the urge to pounce after the human blur. As his pupils begins to return to normal he shakes his head a little and focuses on Thane. "Let's check!" and jogs to the pile.

perception success by 2
Will of D.
GM, 279 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Sat 7 May 2022
at 17:50
  • msg #597

Chapter 1: East Blue

The pile in the corner was dozens of dead bodies, all with massive holes in their chest. They looked like Demonslayer crew, and relatively fresh.
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 104 posts
Sat 7 May 2022
at 17:58
  • msg #598

Chapter 1: East Blue

"Um... Any idea what happened to these guys? This is not what I was expecting to find down here," Thane says to Tony as he approaches the pile, disgusted by the corpses. "Not sure if we need that. I'm going to take one more last look around, then I'm going to get out of here." Upon finding nothing, waits for Tony to lead the way back up to the main deck.

Fail on perception. RIP.
This message was last edited by the player at 17:59, Sat 07 May 2022.
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 101 posts
Sat 7 May 2022
at 20:22
  • msg #599

Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony is caught off guard by the collection of carnage and suddenly begins making deep, wet noises in his chest as he begins to hunch his back repeatedly until he empties the contents of his stomach in a neat, wet clump next to the pile. "Sorry" he says as he wipes his mouth off. He shrugs and gestures to the stairwell and leads the way back up.
Will of D.
GM, 281 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Mon 9 May 2022
at 15:30
  • msg #600

Chapter 1: East Blue

The Lionhearts began to make their way up Reverse Mountain. An intense storm was raging atop the mountain, and the temperature plummeted rapidly as their ship lurched in the current upward. The winds howled, huge swells billowing and crashing against the ship and against the mountain walls, threatening to smash the ship into the mountain!

Replenish all Wildcard Points now
Crazy difficult to steer! Everyone pick two skills to focus on:
  • Shiphandling - Only one person can roll. This is the controlling skill.
  • Navigation - Only one person can roll. Add half your margin of success to the helmsman’s Shiphandling (minimum +1).
  • Meteorology - Only one person can roll. Add half your margin of success to the helmsman’s Shiphandling (minimum +1).
  • Seamanship - Any number can roll. Add half your margin of success to the helmsman’s Shiphandling (minimum +1).
You may, instead of choosing 2 skills to roll, focus on just one at an extra +2 to effective skill.

You are effectively in a Quick Contest with the mountain’s currents and weather, which function at effective skill 20 to try and wreck you!

Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 133 posts
Mon 9 May 2022
at 16:50
  • msg #601

Chapter 1: East Blue

Leon sets about helping keep everything on the ship in top shape, leaping from mast to mast to catch lines and redo knots to ensure Ori has every advantage he can get at the helm.

Success by 5!

That'll give Ori a +2!

Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 105 posts
Mon 9 May 2022
at 17:34
  • msg #602

Chapter 1: East Blue

Thane from the crow's nest begins using his navigation tools as well as taking note of the weather. He then begins shouting out directions to his crewmates based on his findings.

Success by 6 on Meteorology
Success by 3 on Navigation

+4 to Ori

Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 102 posts
Mon 9 May 2022
at 18:02
  • msg #603

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony starts hoisting lines and helping sails unfurl as he hums a sea shanty to himself, each verse getting louder as he sprints from point to point.

Success for Seamanship by 3, +1 for Ori
Ori Kami
Origami Loremaster, 53 posts
Wed 11 May 2022
at 22:20
  • msg #604

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Ori does his best to steer the ship, but he lacks the vast experience of a true helmsman.

Failed Shiphandling by 3.
Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 74 posts
Stoneman and Shipwright
Smells like onion for now
Fri 13 May 2022
at 21:19
  • msg #605

Chapter 1: East Blue

As Ben calms down from everything that has been happening and helps sailing the ship, his blood sugar drops and he gets a bit sluggish.
If only I had a diet richer in iron and bigger forearms
Ben thinks to himself as he recalls what makes any sailor legendary.

Ben fails Seamanship by 5 ☠️ good luck crew
This message was last edited by the player at 21:21, Fri 13 May 2022.
Will of D.
GM, 285 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Fri 13 May 2022
at 21:29
  • msg #606

Chapter 1: East Blue

The ship lurched hard, pulling left, then right, then harder left, then harder right. The ship grazed the edges of the mountain wall, spraying chunks of wood across the mountainside. The temperature plummeted even more quickly as they shot up the mountain. Torrential downpour instantly turning into a blizzard. As they reached the top, they came too close to one side again, and a loud crunch came from somewhere as the ship hit something.

The Lionhearts needed to avoid going up to quickly, or they might shoot completely out of the water, or land so hard that something could break even worse!

Overall fail by 3 for part 1! Something broke! Shiphandling at -2 for the next part! Make it over the top without smashing to bits!
Everyone pick two skills to focus on:
  • Shiphandling - Only one person can roll. This is the controlling skill.
  • Navigation - Only one person can roll. Add half your margin of success to the helmsman’s Shiphandling (minimum +1).
  • Meteorology - Only one person can roll. Add half your margin of success to the helmsman’s Shiphandling (minimum +1).
  • Seamanship - Any number can roll. Add half your margin of success to the helmsman’s Shiphandling (minimum +1).
You may, instead of choosing 2 skills to roll, focus on just one at an extra +2 to effective skill.

Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 134 posts
Fri 13 May 2022
at 21:37
  • msg #607

Chapter 1: East Blue

"Steady men! Crashing would not be EPIC!" Leon shouts as he continues to work on the ship.

Success by 4!

That'll give Ori a +2!

Ori Kami
Origami Loremaster, 54 posts
Fri 13 May 2022
at 21:51
  • msg #608

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Ori does hit best, but he makes a mental note to get more serious about his training in the future.

"Port, starboard, sailing!
Stern and aft, let's not be daft!
Else we'll be crashing!"


Success on Shiphandling by 1.

Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 75 posts
Stoneman and Shipwright
Smells like onion for now
Fri 13 May 2022
at 21:52
  • msg #609

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Ben shakes himself a bit as the boat rocks and bangs back and forth, but his mind is still fuzzy. As he  tiredly grabs the ropes between his fingers, it slips and begin to smoke as Ben tries to get a better grip, leaving the rope frayed.

Rolled a 13, failure by three will use one WCP to make it work, making it a success
This message was last edited by the player at 18:19, Mon 16 May 2022.
Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 106 posts
Fri 13 May 2022
at 22:58
  • msg #610

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Trying to help slow the ship's ascent, Thane continues calling down instructions using his knowledge of navigation and meteorology.

Success by 7 on Navigation and success by 1 on Meteorology.

So, plus 4 total.

Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 135 posts
Mon 16 May 2022
at 17:06
  • msg #611

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony attends to the rigging and sails alongside Leon.

Seamanship 12 Rolled a 6, success by 6.

+3 to Ori!

This message was last edited by the player at 18:17, Mon 16 May 2022.
Will of D.
GM, 287 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Mon 16 May 2022
at 22:31
  • msg #612

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

The ship began to slow, trying to avoid rocketing off course and onto the side of the mountain. As the Lionhearts reached the peak, they could see three other streams flowing up from the other Blues. The ship seemed to float for a moment as it left the water, time slowing as they crested the top of the mountain. The bow started to tip downward, and a gut-wrenching feeling worked it’s way through the crew as a moment of free fall hit. There was little anyone could do to fight the current that was no longer carrying the ship. The sails unfurled and caught a huge gust of air . . .

SPLOOOOOOSH!

The ship tipped level with downward current as it plummeted into the water. The ship sank down to the deck, resurfacing with waves of water streamed off the deck and from every hole and crevice.

They made it! The downward stream began to pull the ship into a rapid descent down into the Grand Line!

Overall success by 3!
You still have a -2 from whatever broke. Part 2 complete. Final stage! Slow down enough to not explode when you hit the ocean!
Everyone pick two skills to focus on:
  • Shiphandling - Only one person can roll. This is the controlling skill.
  • Navigation - Only one person can roll. Add half your margin of success to the helmsman’s Shiphandling (minimum +1).
  • Meteorology - Only one person can roll. Add half your margin of success to the helmsman’s Shiphandling (minimum +1).
  • Seamanship - Any number can roll. Add half your margin of success to the helmsman’s Shiphandling (minimum +1).
You may, instead of choosing 2 skills to roll, focus on just one at an extra +2 to effective skill.

Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 136 posts
Mon 16 May 2022
at 22:36
  • msg #613

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

"Almost there! We've got this!" Leon shouts as he continues to work on the ship.

Success by 5!

That'll give Ori a +2!

Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 107 posts
Mon 16 May 2022
at 22:41
  • msg #614

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Thane grabbed to the rail of the crow's nest as the ship lurched forward at the beginning of its descent. His determination solidifying from his captain's shout, Thane quickly regains his balance and gets back to his navigation tools in order to help guide his crewmates down the mountain safely.

Success by 4 for both Meteorology and Navigation.

+4 total

Ori Kami
Origami Loremaster, 55 posts
Mon 16 May 2022
at 23:28
  • msg #615

Chapter 1: East Blue

Feeling a momentary bit of panic at the descent, Ori wills it down and forces a huge grin. The paper wings blur into action as his feet rise off the deck from the steep incline, and Ori feels lucky as he steers down the crazy mountain.

"A fickle mistress
Lady Destiny awaits
Let our luck prevail!"


Success on Shiphandling by 8, used a Luck Point.

Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 76 posts
Stoneman and Shipwright
Smells like onion for now
Tue 17 May 2022
at 00:55
  • msg #616

Chapter 1: East Blue

As the ship hits the crest, Ben feels his weight shift as they begin to come back down. He grabs the sail ropes and ties one to his arm as quickly as he can, hoping it would keep him from washing off deck

As water washes over the ship, and over Ben, his strength leaves him and he is nearly surged to the back of the ship, but the ropes hold.
When he regains his strength, shaking himself dry, he ties a rope to the main mast and his belt, as he begins to bolster down the ship for its final journey

Seamanship roll, 8, minus two making it just succeed at 10.
This message was last edited by the player at 01:02, Tue 17 May 2022.
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 103 posts
Tue 17 May 2022
at 03:12
  • msg #617

Chapter 1: East Blue

The boat lurches and as all the rest of the crew stumbles Tony take three perfect, graceful steps until returning to his normal slured steps. He wraps a rope around his fist, hardens his grip and gives another few swift pulls.

Success by 2, Ori +1
Will of D.
GM, 288 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Tue 17 May 2022
at 04:02
  • msg #618

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

The ship continued gaining speed, despite every effort to slow it down. As the crashing waves of the ocean below came up to meet them head on, the Lionhearts caught a faint glimpse of another ship a ways off . . . The Calico pirates had made it!

The present situation hit them in the face like a ton of bricks—or more precisely a ton of ocean water. The ship plunged completely beneath the waves as the downward stream met with waters of the Grand Line, mast, sails and all sank down below the surface. The ship bobbed back up, spewing water and some loose cargo like fountains from the holes across the upper parts of the ship.

Just a ways behind them, at the cliffs of Reverse Mountain, there was a pair of lighthouses, one on each side of the river which descended from the mountain.

Thane noticed that some of his navigation equipment was now useless. The compass was not pointing consistently in any particular direction. Even the log pose didn’t seem to be working for some reason.

You made it! Success by 5! Everyone got a good bath of ocean, so Fruit Users are probably feeling a bit woozy from the dunk.
Tony Hart
Tiger Saki Sommelier, 104 posts
Tue 17 May 2022
at 04:10
  • msg #619

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Tony's already double vision vibrates and splits between two of everything and four of everything as he stumbles to the mask and holds onto it and doing his best to shake out his now drenched fir.
Ebenezer (Ben) Livingston
Stone-Man Shipwright, 77 posts
Stoneman and Shipwright
Smells like onion for now
Tue 17 May 2022
at 14:27
  • msg #620

Re: Chapter 1: East Blue

Ben was on the deck, still tied to the mast, his eyes rolling spirals as he drooled slightly until he came to his senses, however long that would take.
“I guess we both needed a bath, eh Tony?!.” . Ben  laughs from the ground still trying to get his head about him in between groans. When his head clears, Ben will untie himself, and begin to grab what cargo might have been rolling around to secure it, atleast the ones that hadn’t gone overboard.
This message was last edited by the player at 14:31, Tue 17 May 2022.
Leon D. Hart
Lion Mink Captain, 137 posts
Tue 17 May 2022
at 15:18
  • msg #621

Chapter 1: East Blue

"WOOHOO! That was EPIC!" Leon shouts, "Excellent work men! We're in the Grand Line now!"

He turns and surveys his crew, all splayed out on the deck from the sea water bath, "Oh hahaha, whenever you're ready men let's go dock at the lighthouse and Ben can direct the repairs."
Ori Kami
Origami Loremaster, 56 posts
Tue 17 May 2022
at 16:15
  • msg #622

Chapter 1: East Blue

Ori gets completely drenched by the ocean water. His wings completely shut down, causing him to crash to his knees on the deck. The crisp lines that made up his face look a bit, well, ... soggy!

As the water sloshes off the deck though, Ori quickly contorts himself, folding back and forth quickly. Essentially, he wrings himself out and the water sluices right out of his suit sleeves and cascades off his cloak. He wearily gets to his feet and steers the ship toward the lighthouse.

He cries,

"Lurking Devil's Curse
Imposing such misery
On mere fruit eaters."

Thane Bristol
Warp-Warp Navigator, 108 posts
Tue 17 May 2022
at 18:19
  • msg #623

Chapter 1: East Blue

"Hey guys...." Thane garbled down from the crow's nest, "my equipment isn't functioning... like it should be." Thane finally stabilizes himself after a few moments, still feeling weak from the effects of the sea, "Lighthouse would definitely help us get a bearing on where we ought to go to next."
Will of D.
GM, 290 posts
Natural Enemy of the Gods
Danger and Destiny
Wed 18 May 2022
at 00:12
  • msg #624

Chapter 1: East Blue

The ship moved lazily towards the cliffs. From a distance, the Lionhearts could see a space offshore where ships usually docked, the ocean more than deep enough to avoid hitting rocks. It may even be too deep to drop anchor, but tethering to the spiky rock formations on shore should work fine.

A sound came from the depths. A faint rumble. And again. And again. The ocean churned around the ship. The rumble grew louder and louder, but remained steady and even.

don . . . don . . .
don . . . don . . .
don. . . don. . .
DON . . . DON . . .
DOOOOOOOOON!

The ocean erupted with a fountain of water twice the height of the mast. Something gargantuan was left as the fountains subsided, a tentacle, easily seventy yards long.

DOOOOOOOOON!

Another appeared on the opposite side of the ship.