Keep on the Borderlands (Game Thread)   Posted by Dungeon Master.Group: 0
Gyp Toogood
 player, 5 posts
Mon 19 Jul 2021
at 16:37
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"Oo yes" Gyp nodded "I've no plans on dying. Unless its of hunger" he complained as he gave a bow to Dynlor and his belly rumbled loudly.
Reea
 player, 34 posts
 fighter
Tue 20 Jul 2021
at 18:08
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Reea didn't want to face the spiders again, and going into the forest was dangerous, but she was getting anxious and impatient.

"So what are we going to do?"
Leozaren
 player, 3 posts
 Elf
Tue 20 Jul 2021
at 22:03
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By all (elven) accounts humans were strange creatures, and completely incapable of definition for they varied in almost every conceivable way. Of course, Leozaren had met some before, but he really wasn't sure if Simon and Gyp were typical or atypical examples, or even if there were such things. It was better, he decided, to take each of them as they were and see how thinsg went.

Which was why he did not mind at all when his two companions called out to some random strangers they did not know (as far as he was aware) in dangerous surroundings. Maybe they were all in it together? There was much to ponder as he ate his breakfast of dandelion seeds and toadstools.

One of the strangers seemed to warn of danger ahead, and to approach on guard - was that a challenge to combat? Perhaps not, for neither of his companions moved to react. Humans were so strange.

What were they to do?

"What are the options? Assuming we would all rather not face spiders, there must be alternatives, no?"
Falco Mugwort
 player, 45 posts
 Spear Fighter
 Uncouth/Dull-Witted
Tue 20 Jul 2021
at 23:24
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As Gyp approaches them oddly, Falco replies to Reea. He says to her, "That odd man approaching us is walking unnaturally. Keep vigilant, friends. He may be possessed by an evil spirt. Let us discover their intent before we decide a course of action."

Although not pointing his spear tip at the jester, Falco keeps a firm grip on its shaft should he need it in a hurry.

"Hmmm, is that other one an Elf? Only heard of such people; never seen one myself. And a robed figure and a warrior woman as well. Hmm, indeed."

This message was last edited by the player at 02:44, Wed 21 July.

Gyp Toogood
 player, 6 posts
Wed 21 Jul 2021
at 06:25
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"I'd rather not be a spider's dinner" Gyp whined "can we find some trail around them?" he asked the group of travellers. It was clear Gyp was no warrior or regular traveller of the wilds. The court fool had no sword or even a dagger. His only weapon a single javelin strapped to his pack.
Dynlor
 player, 22 posts
 Acolyte
Wed 21 Jul 2021
at 18:34
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"An elf?..." Dynlor looks at the newcomers, incredulous. "Is this a rescue mission already? Did the guards in the keep have so little faith in our capacity to stay alive in the wild?"

Talking louder at the newcomers, he asks: "Why have you come this way, all at the same time?"
Leozaren
 player, 5 posts
 Elf
Wed 21 Jul 2021
at 21:30
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"It's okay, Gary sent us."

Quite why Leozaren felt the need to say those words he did not know. Perhaps some of those breakfast toadstools had been a little odd.

"That is to say...the guards did not doubt your prowess. But perhaps, there is safety in numbers? I do have a spell of Sleep to use on the spiders, if you wish?"
Gyp Toogood
 player, 8 posts
Wed 21 Jul 2021
at 22:02
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"Ah" Gyp gave a wink to the elf "most ingenious. A sleeping spider will trouble us not. What say ye all?" the fool seemed somewhat jolly and performed a roll and gave a clap before the exertion made him faint and had to sit down with his head on his knees.

This message was last edited by the player at 22:02, Wed 21 July.

Simon
 Player, 3 posts
 Apprentice Wizard
 Skinny Bookworm
Thu 22 Jul 2021
at 00:59
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The apprentice wizard reflects on the situation as he mutters, "Monstrous spiders?" While he doesn't much care for normal spiders, the thought of encountering spiders the size of dogs (or are they even larger, he wonders) is a frightening prospect.

Simon replies, "As to your question, I believe us all to be merely travelers seeking more than we currently have. And traveling together is safer than alone. I am Simon, a simple wizard's apprentice seeking to learn more of the world...and perhaps to gain more than just knowledge...should fortune show me favor. The men-at-arms in the Keep said others left this way, seeking to root out Chaos hiding in caves to the Northeast, little more."

He inquires, "How many of these creatures? And how large?"
Reea
 player, 36 posts
 fighter
Thu 22 Jul 2021
at 01:06
4Keep on the Borderlands
"How many of these creatures? And how large?"

"Two. Big." Holding up her arms, Reea made as large a circle as she could.

Reea was still shaking thinking about the spiders. If the new people were joining their group, she might feel better about confronting them. Maybe she could linger in the rear.

Would that really be a good idea? She wanted to prove herself, and she needed experience. She wanted her friends to know they could count on her.

Oh, why did it have to be spiders?

This message was last edited by the player at 23:39, Thu 22 July.

Jori
 Player, 2 posts
 cleric
Thu 22 Jul 2021
at 20:25
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"I'm Jori, acolyte of the Powers of Neutrality. The guards at the keep mentioned the caves of chaos. If everyone agrees, I'm for disrupting an adversary of those whom I serve."

Jori was excited. She had worked hard, learning her lessons and understanding the ways of the Neutral Powers. She wanted to be worthy of their favor, so what she was really looking forward to, was being bestowed and entrusted to do spells. Adventure was before her. She was ready to seize it!

This message was last edited by the player at 01:27, Fri 23 July.

Falco Mugwort
 player, 47 posts
 Spear Fighter
 Uncouth/Dull-Witted
Fri 23 Jul 2021
at 00:54
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"I know not this 'Gary' you speak of, Elf friend," Replies Falco, "but if this spell of 'Sleep' you wield works on these monstrous spiders, I welcome your company."

"Hmmm. A wizard's apprentice and a priestess as well. Certainly good fortune favors us with your presence. Your skills and arms are most welcome." His eyes shift over to look at the odd man. Judgingly, he adds, "As for the fool, his worth remains to be seen."

He looks at each person in the group and then asks them, "What say ye? Shall we engage the spiders then? Or shall we step into the North woods and go past them?"
Reea
 player, 37 posts
 fighter
Fri 23 Jul 2021
at 02:35
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"What say ye? Shall we engage the spiders then? Or shall we step into the North woods and go past them?"

Reea liked Falco. He was looking out for her and she trusted him.

"I will go where you go."

Reea smiled. Even if the group chose to combat the spiders, she was beginning to feel she could face them.
Gyp Toogood
 player, 10 posts
Fri 23 Jul 2021
at 06:57
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"Perhaps the danger we know is better faced than the unknown" the motley dressed fool pranced about gaily despite his morose face and grumbling belly. He looked to the dark woods in the north "many dangers lurk in the dark, dark forest, many perils" he shook his head "the road will be safer. Let our elvish friend cast an enchanted slumber upon these spiders so that we may sneak passed unhindered" Gyp mimed tiptoeing and creeping, he was especially good at this. His worth perhaps?
Leozaren
 player, 6 posts
 Elf
Sat 24 Jul 2021
at 11:56
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"Then we have an accord. Let us go forth to the sipders, and I shall cast my spell, and then perhaps the gods will be on our side."

And if not, Leozaren hoped he could run faster than the rest.
Falco Mugwort
 player, 49 posts
 Spear Fighter
 Uncouth/Dull-Witted
Sun 25 Jul 2021
at 15:36
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Falco says, "Very well. It's decided then. We will take battle to the creatures. Everyone form ranks. Armored folk up front." He turns in the direction of the spiders and readies his shield and spear for battle. He says, "Acolyte Jori, on my left. Young Warrior Reea, on my right. Everyone else, ready your missiles and magics, and follow behind us. Advance!"

Keeping in rank with the other armored folk, Falco steadily advances towards the spiders with his shield up and spear ready to thrust into the beady-eyed monsters.
Gyp Toogood
 player, 13 posts
Sun 25 Jul 2021
at 16:16
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At Falco insistence that they seek battle Gyp gave a shrug and followed "to glory and fame" he encouraged the warriors.
Jori
 Player, 4 posts
 cleric
Sun 25 Jul 2021
at 17:07
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Falco said, "Very well. It's decided then. We will take battle to the creatures. Everyone form ranks. Armored folk up front." He turns in the direction of the spiders and readies his shield and spear for battle. "Acolyte Jori, on my left. Young Warrior Reea, on my right. Everyone else, ready your missiles and magics, and follow behind us. Advance!"

Jori looked at Falco, wondering how she was elected to be in the front.

"Excuse me, sir, but I would prefer being towards the back. I have a sling I can use, if needed."

It was clear who the leader was, and she was okay with that. Jori just wanted the chance to be in a position to best use her skills and advantages. She also didn't want to die.
Reea
 player, 38 posts
 fighter
Sun 25 Jul 2021
at 17:11
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"Acolyte Jori, on my left. Young Warrior Reea, on my right. Everyone else, ready your missiles and magics, and follow behind us. Advance!"

Reea gulped, but she didn't say anything. She was frightened, but as long as she was with Falco, she knew she could do what needed to be done. Sighing deeply, she readied her sword and moved with him.

"Here we go," she muttered.
Dynlor
 player, 23 posts
 Acolyte
Sun 25 Jul 2021
at 17:27
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"Sister Jori, stay at the back if you wish. I will take your spot at the front!"

At the same time puzzled and in awe of the eclectic party he was now a part of, Dynor gathers his moral strength to face the fiendish creatures. As the elf mentioned, there is definitely strength in number!

Weapon still in hand, he takes place near Falco, ready to fight!
Falco Mugwort
 player, 54 posts
 Spear Fighter
 Uncouth/Dull-Witted
Sun 25 Jul 2021
at 18:12
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Falco replies to Jori, "As you say, Acolyte. Keep your sling at the ready then."

When Dynlor steps up to Falco's side, "Brave, lad. Keep you guard up."

To the group as a whole, he says, "Work together, everyone, so we can all come back alive."

Falco may only be a simple spearman, but he knows how to fight in ranks.

This message was last edited by the player at 18:15, Sun 25 July.

Simon
 Player, 4 posts
 Apprentice Wizard
 Skinny Bookworm
Sun 25 Jul 2021
at 19:41
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Although having no training as a soldier himself, Simon never the less understands the principle of working together.

"Very well. I will work with you towards this common goal," he says aloud.

While he doesn't know anything about the spearman, or any of the others for that matter, he does as requested and falls in behind the front line and mentally prepares himself should his limited arcane resources be in need.
Gyp Toogood
 player, 18 posts
Mon 26 Jul 2021
at 14:04
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Stood next to Leozaren the fool hopped around "now my friend weave your enchantment upon the spiders" he encouraged the elf.
Leozaren
 player, 8 posts
 Elf
Mon 26 Jul 2021
at 23:07
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As the group approached the spider den in tight formation Leozaren began preparing himself for his first use of a spell in a truly dangerous situation. Years of intense study had led to this moment, and he was determined to get it right. At a suitable distance he sheathed his sword and brought up his hands - mystic words came from his lips as his hands traced intricate patters in the air. Finally he plucked a small pinch of sand from his belt pouch and tossed it into the air, and whispered a single word.

"Slumburacum!"

00:06, Today: Leozaren rolled 10 using 2d8.  Sleep spell.
Falco Mugwort
 player, 56 posts
 Spear Fighter
 Uncouth/Dull-Witted
Tue 27 Jul 2021
at 02:39
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Falco slows his advance to see what effect the Elf's spell of Sleep has on the Spiders. As he does, he says to Dynlor and Reea, "Slow a bit. Let us see what the Elf's magic does before we move closer, young warriors. If any of the Spiders remain able-bodied, let the missile-wielders take their shots first."