[pnpgm] Game update #38 - File #151 - Arrival at Village...
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Mon Sep 5 05:20:58 CEST 2005
HT Alias/Player Character Name Type Status/Notes Sex
R3 Balrog................Balrog............Warrior.Normal/Human Ma
?? Chris Wells...........Ben'dar...........Warrior.Normal/Human Ma
R4 Tom Crockett..........Caladan...........Wizard..Normal/Human Ma
R1 Marcel Liberty........Chion.............Sailor..Normal/Human Ma
W3 Ryan Torres...........Farseeker.........Warrior.Normal/Human Ma
W2 Sergi Sallent.........Jordi.............Wizard..Normal/Elf Ma
R4 Tim Falkenberg........Malradh ben Kasha.Merc....Normal/Human Ma
R3 Wayne Richardson/Uji..Thig..............Sidh MU.Normal/Faerry Ma
Do Robert Maxwell........Strie'bog.........Artist..Normal/Human Ma
R3 Orion (Paul Broman)...Trembyl...........Wizard..Normal/Human Ma
W3 Wout Broere...........Unali.............Ninja...Normal/Human Fe
R3 Scott Adams...........Xian..............Wizard..Normal/Human Ma
W2 Alex Koponen..........Z'leyra...........Healer..Normal/Human Fe
Animals: Ventrius/Pogo Thig's dogs, Firesnake of Caladan's,
Z'Leyra's Eagle, 2 Draft Horses, Wolf - Boyzdar
6 Captured Zen'da Horses
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From Ben'dar: [Re: Actions]
Ben'Dar is outraged when he hears Caladan tell of how the
giant used to hunt down Zen'Dan warriors to eat them. When
Caladan mentions that the elderly shaman was laughed at for
striking a deal with the evil giant, Ben'Dar raises his
eyebrows and thinks, "Yes, I would have laughed at the old
fool also...especially after the beast had killed so many of
Thig says "He's actually still alive and breathing. Just
unconscious. What shall we do?"
Ben'Dar shakes his head in disbelief that the giant is still
alive. "Only one thing to do. Finish that foul beast that
has caused so much harm to so many." Ben'Dar hefts his pike
onto one shoulder and, turning on his heel, he strides
quickly over to the giant. Stepping up onto its chest with
one foot, he raises the pike above his head with both hands.
Plunging it down with all his strength, he stabs the beast
through the heart.
Question about the giant gauntlets: Are these like arm guards
or bracers or are they like big metal gloves? If the former,
could they be modified (by a skilled armorer perhaps) to be
worn on the legs like greaves since they're too big for human
On gathering up gear in the chasm: Ben'Dar has 40 feet of
rope in a saddle bag. He pulls out the rope and helps haul
up gear out of the hole.
GM: Ack. You kill the Giant. Gauntlets are studded leather
with no metal. They are magical. Likely to increase
some damage done by arms. They go from the wrist down to
just above the Giant's elbow. On a human that's about 1.5
hand lengths. Since Giant is in proportion 3x human size
this would be 4.5. For a six foot tall person its 4 from
the ankle to the thigh. (At least for me :)). So there
would be some overage on either end. I suppose it could
be done as such but would look awkard. Also cutting the
item could ruin the magical (and thus value if sold later)
of the gauntlets. As to width. As I figure it would
be one width over for legs so could be very loose fitting.
I know not specific numbers I just cheated and used hand
lengths and circles (thumb to middle finger to measure width).
This help somewhat?
From Jordi: [Re: Actions]
"No! Wait!" -Jordi says when he sees Ben'dar raise his pike.
However, Jordi, being distrated taking care of the wounded,
isn't quick enough. Ben'dar's pike is deep into the Giant
body when he speaks.
"Well, a pity. Perhaps he could have given us some interesting
news before we kill it; if he has his lair too far away from
here, and he visits regularly this area, he was perhaps a good
source of news. Of course, no interaction with humans, so we
can't ask a lot of details, but he could have some info about
It seems clear that Jordi doesn't mind that the giant is dead...
in fact, he semms to consider that the dead of the giant is the
normal outcome of the encounter.
Jordi will heal Balrog and Trembyl, if they agree.
He will cast a purification for regeneration (Maximum EL), and
then will cast Regeneration spells for both of them, (with Sidh
Tongue 80). And he will give (with Thig's permission) some
food to Thig's dogs; they are very brave, and they deserve a
After that, he will help to recover what can be recovered from
the chasm. He has a 30' rope, and some stakes to secure the
rope, if needed.
"Caladan, are we near your lands? It's an odd time to make some
questions (OOC: It can be assumed that Jordi asks these
questions the next morning), but I need to know some things.
First, not being a human, how must I behave when we meet your
people? I don't like to cause any nuisance. May I speak freely
your tongue? May I use my magical abilities?"
After listening Caladan explanations, Jordi tries to speak with
Ben'dar when nobody else can hear them:
"Ben'dar, when we were in Marentia, I bought a present for
Caladan family; will I break any law, tradition or custom if I
give it to Caladan's family?
Because your ways are very different from the ways of the rest
of humans I know, and I don't want to cause any problem."
OOC: Sorry for not writting this before, but this week I had
some problems -well, lots of problems :-( - now they are solved,
but I didn't have a lot of time. I am happy to know Scott is okey,
and I hope the rest of the US players are also okey; when I saw
the images of the French Quarter, I was apalled. One reporter
said that Algieres quarter was devasted, destroyed entirely...
I hope help reach the area quickly; but I fear Scott is right,
and a lot of people will be found dead. Good luck; I hope the
Big Easy and the rest of the affected areas recover soon.
GM: Z'leyra healed Trembyl as he needed the best care. But
Balrog you can surely get the experience. Do you want
to use Regeneration? That will drain you of energy points.
Rather not use Healing or even your Healing Amulet? As to
Thig's dogs he'll allow it. Bit surprised as no one has
tried to get close to them. So he likes the offer. See
below for the answers.
From Ben'dar: [Re: reply to Jordi]
Ben'Dar replies to Jordi, "Gifts from strangers can sometimes
be looked upon with some suspicion among the People. There
may be even more suspicion because you're an Elf. My people
have a perception of Elves and Faeries as somewhat mischievious
and even malicious. I myself had that misconception when I
first joined the party, though I soon learned better. I'm
sure your gift will be well received though, seeing that you
are good friends with Caladan. I'm sure you will give no
offense with your gift. What is it?"
During the next time of quiet riding in the coming days,
Ben'Dar pulls his horse up alongside Strie'bog. Matching
Strie'bog's horse's pace, the two ride side by side for some
time. Ben'Dar seems to be silently making a decision about
something. After a long silence, Ben'Dar finally turns and
hesitantly says, "I have given thought to the blessing you
gave during the fight with the giant. I can sense that there
is wisdom and goodness in you Strei'bog. But I know very
little about you and about your background. I know even
less about "Cernunnos" (he stumbles over the unfamiliar
word). But I would like to learn more. Would you tell me
more of yourself, your home, and about this "Cernunnos"?
GM: Ack. Good interaction.
From Jordi: [Re: In reply to Ben'dar]
Jordi listens with interest Ben'dar explanations.
"Well, I don't know (and I didn't know when I bought my
present) a lot about your people, but I have noted that
human cultures have a strong liking for good alcoholic
beverages, so I spent 1 GC in good wine (OOC: I don't know
if it's good wine of fine wine, I don't remember), because
I tought it will be something valued in these lands."
"And, if they don't apreciate it, well, I'm sure we will!"
GM: Ack. :)
From Strie'bog: [Re: Comments]
"I have travelled in your lands Ben'dar, but they are still
a mystery to me. Mayhaps we can learn from each other. I
come from the forests in land of the Vassa. The Vassa are
a peaceful people, and aided in teaching me, but I was not
born of their people. As I said, they are a peaceful people,
who respect the cycles of life, but they know how to fight.
They are surrounded by many who would take their fertile
lands, and so they have learned to defend themselves,
sometimes by means your people would call dishonest. Honor
among the Vassa is not like the honor among the Zen'da. It
is not battle prowess that is sought, but a well lived life.
Yet, as I said, I was not of their people, though I learned
their love of life, and was loved by them. I was raised in
the forests, not in the villages, for it is there that my
mother can be found. As for my father, he was from Dawan. He
came as a missionary, but discovered that the Vassa already
had a love for Manu and Omael, for life. They also respected
the spirits of the forest, who call Cernunnos father. Some
of the Vassa devote their life to the forest, to Cernunnos,
while others are devoted to the teachings of Omael and Manu.
My father and mother grew to understand each other, and the
different aspects of Cernunnos, Manu and Omael. Yes, both of
my parents were holy people, dedicated to the gods and
community. My path was similiar, and though I hold the
Dawan teachings as sacred, it is to Cernunnos that I hold
devotion. It is to the honor and glory of Cernunnos that I
"As for Cernunnos, he is best described as the Lord of Nautre,
the Undying One. He is the Lord of Life, its patron and
protector. In this way, he and Omael are brothers.
Cernunnos's court of spirits seek to protect life, and are
enemies of Kototh, his servants and children. This at least
is a start. Among the Vassa, I am a teacher and holder of
history. Unlike others, we do not bind our histories into
books to be forgotten, but like your people, keep it alive
through song, dance and story."
"I feel that there may be another question you may want to ask.
If I am a teacher of my people, why have I travelled? I am
looking for a cure; a cure to heal a wounded heart. My father
died protecting my mother. His death was a blow to my mother,
and she is now weakened. As I mentioned, enemies surround
the Vassa, and her wound leaves them vunerable. So, I have
been sent to find a cure."
"Why have you travelled so far from your home?"
GM: Ack. Excellent. Do you say this loud enough so others
can hear and understand?
From Unali: [Re: Actions]
If she can have someone help (levitate) her get up and down
the chasm to her tent, she will gladly take the help.
Otherwise she will take a rope and climb down to retrieve
her tent and belongings.
GM: Ack. Not a problem on either. Figured this was sufficient
Octaqi 14, in the 163rd Year [TH]
Location: River Sch (E) Riverbank, Zen'da Plains, 306 Miles
North of Asichi City, Heading East from River
[It takes some time to clean up the mess in the chasm. The
problem is not finding items but the possible rock and dirt
slides that could bury a person and other items. So Thig
helps out along with rope and some good team work from everyone.
About 80% of the big items are carried up and out within about
20 minutes. But its too dark to find some of the smaller items.
So in the morning when first light comes the rest are picked
clean and found. Luckily nothing (from rolls) is broken or
beyond cleaning by a good cloth and water. Even the tent is
in good shape and the fabric didn't get cut. In the morning
it takes about 15 minutes to finish cleaning and finding the
items while the party packs up for travel again.]
[Ben'dar quickly finishes off the giant.]
[Balrog just grins in that with his pains hes glad to see the
beast dead. Farseeker only sighs in disgust at the waste
of a creature. Jordi tries to stop Ben'dar but is too late.
First regretful then not so much afterwards. Kasha frowns
and was hoping to use his Mace on the beast at least once.
Thig shows no emotion at all. Xian turns away at the
final cut and walks away. Caladan stands and stares at
Ben'dar and the Giant. It seems he wishes to form words
to speak...then does...]
Caladan: "You must understand. Many Shamans on the plains are
more noble...hrm..more attuned to nature than the typical
warrior. A warrior like yourself is trained to fight and
kill to survive. There are some war oriented shamans here
and there but most look to uphold all life. While this creature
raided our people for many decades the shaman sought to solve
the problem. He had visions that this Giant was doing things
not of his own free will. Some argued it was their nature
to kill and fight. Just like the warriors. But the gods who
created the Giants had them serve their own purposes. We
may never know those reasons. Another shaman argued with
the other shaman to save him (he points to the Giant). The
elder shaman could not answer questions of the vision that
it was occurring now or it was before or after the vision.
The young shaman started to get upset but the elder shaman
was too much respected by the leaders and he won out barely.
Yes. Many do and did laugh at him. But I've found over
the years many shamans are wise beyond their years. For
myself and some here we don't try to kill outright. I joined
this party long ago because of that. We will fight to save
ourselves in self defense. Yes. But to kill out right is
not in our nature." [At this Xian turns and just nods in
agreement] "If we kill like that it makes us as mean and
evil as this beast was. A path we should not take. Going
on rash actions can cause future problems."
[With that he turns and walks away. But seeing confusion
in Ben'dar's face, Xian walks over to Ben'dar.]
Xian: "It is late and he is tired. He may not think too
clearly at this hour and may be harsh. He has not lost
respect for you. As to the Giant maybe killing him was
the most effective thing. Maybe he'd bleed to death during
the night. If he was to lay here a day surely some animal
would've finished him off. So you killed him with mercy
and that's what Caladan sees. He only wanted to explain
another point of view. You understand? As to his story
it is interesting and makes one wonder about the unusual
shaman and who he was. Must've been a great man."
[At that Kasha dances around and jumps back as he slaps his
legs. Looks like he kills a few insects.]
Xian: "Step in ants?"
Kasha: "Dunno. These bugs came off the giant's hair near
his ear and just started swarming. They flew off though.
Guess the giant had fleas or something?" [He waves a
torch near the ground to inspect the dead bug he killed]
"Now that I've not seen before. Unusual color." [At
that Pogo comes sniffing over and eats the bug.]
[Ben'dar hops off the Giant and inspects the gauntlets.]
Octaqi 15, in the 163rd Year [TH]
Location: River Sch (E) Riverbank, Zen'da Plains, 306 Miles
North of Asichi City, Heading East from River
[The next day turns to be a very cloudy day from 80-90% of
the sky full of dark or gray clouds. A pretty miserable
day indeed. The temperature only rises up to about the
mid 60s. Around 11:30am a large hail storm suddenly
begins to hit the party. Fro those who have shields they
use them to block from falling medium sized hail stones.
For those who do not they have to dismount and try to take
cover between horses or use a bag over their head. The
hail storm only lasts about 3 minutes. The horses have
minor bruises and scratches but everyone else is in good
shape. Then around 4:30pm a drizzle rain drops lasting
about 2 minutes which makes the party cold and a bit
exhausted from riding.]
[During the travel Caladan hears and answer's Jordi's questions.]
Jordi."...near your lands?..."
Caladan: "We should get there by nightfall if not sooner."
Jordi: "....May I speak freely your tongue? May I use my magical
Caladan: "Well. I don't know. Your the first Elf I know of
who has visited our area. In fact Thig will be the first
Faerry as well. I just don't know how they'll react to
you or him. This is all new to me as well. I suspect
if you just cover your ears they'll treat you as any
other human. As to magic. Just don't flaunt it. The
shaman is the one who uses magic. Even then its not magic
per se but spiritual rites and methods. Use of too much
"magic" could lower his station and he might be fearful
of that status loss. To be honest we don't have many
outsiders who know magic. In fact when I was around I
don't recall any. So again we'll just have to learn this
as we go."
Xian: "But you used magic surely?"
Caladan: "Yes. But I ...only used it when needed. My fire
magic came in handy at times and then i used it in such
a way not to be obvious about it. there are ways..."
[It seems Caladan looks to the sky to think of a way to
explain it.] "...Some of the more less influenced people
could be swayed by magic. This is how the shamans get
their true power in the tribes. So magic to a shaman
is power so think of it in that way. As to using our
tongue that would show respect that you learned it. Outsiders
get respect by doing so. Traders for example who do not
know the tongue usually are avoided. With the friend who
comes to our area every so often, the same one who gave
me the warning note, knows our tongue and is highly respected
as a friend."
[The party continues onward. It seems obvious by now that
to many Caladan hasn't discussed everything he could have
or wanted to. Maybe in time...]
[After the afternoon drizzle the party ontinues onward a bit
tired and hopeful of seeing people soon. Finally about
an hour of riding something in the distance about 1-2 miles
is seen. Its hard to tell distance based on the long open
plains and the overcast skies. But it looks to be a puff
of smoke. Ten minutes later more of riding something else
is seen. Caladan smiles and nods. He stops.]
Caladan: "My village. We best dismount and clean ourselves
to prepare to enter. Might want to dust off and dust off
the horses. A good show is a good impression to my people."
[With this he dismounts and adjusts his gear and cleans himself
off of dust and checks his horse over.]
Xian: "Will they see us? It must only be a mile or so from
Caladan: "More than likely but that's to be expected."
Next update Friday...
Ok. I was going to do a bit more but figured I'm too tired
right now and brain isn't working. I need to work on a few
minor bookkeeping details. Then work on some more research
on the actual adventure. But hopefully on friday the party
can move into the village. If you have any last minute
actions or questions let's hear it now.
Updates may be slower as the adventure begins. As I stated
earlier it won't be as long as the last one. In a table
session it would only last one weekend. In a pbem who knows :)
Its taken us 6 months to do the 45 days pre-travel stuff so
maybe we can finish by next summer at most or as early as
spring :) Well gotta work on some details.
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