[pnpgm] Game Update #71 - File #289 - A voice in the wilderness
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Tue Aug 21 08:39:30 CEST 2007
HT Alias/Player Character Name Type Status/Notes Sex
R1 John Haight...........Arawn.............Druid .Normal/Alfar Ma
?? Chris Wells...........Ben'dar...........Warrior.Normal/Human Ma
W2 Marcel Liberty........Chion.............Sailor..Normal/Human Ma
W3 Ryan Torres...........Farseeker.........Warrior.Normal/Human Ma
R3 Wayne Richardson/Uji..Thig..............Sidh MU.Normal/Faerry Ma
W2 Robert Maxwell........Strie'bog.........Bard ..Normal/Human Ma
R3 Orion (Paul Broman)...Trembyl...........Wizard..Normal/Human Ma
W4 Wout Broere...........Unali.............Ninja...Normal/Human Fe
R3 Scott Adams...........Xian..............Wizard..Normal/Human Ma
R4 Alex Koponen..........Z'leyra...........Healer..Normal/Human Fe
Animals: Corona [Eagle] Z'leyra, Boyzdar [Wolf] (Strie'bog),
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Game Update #71 in sequence (file #289)
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From Ben'dar: [Re: Actions]
Ben'Dar approaches Bohusara. Feeling a little unsure around
the strange winged woman, he says hesitantly, "Thank you for
saving Tef'wo and for healing me. We are both in your debt."
He picks up his gore-covered pike and scowls briefly upon seeing
that it was damaged during the brutal fight. Then he smiles as
he remembers how it got damaged... He makes a mental note to
try to find someone who can repair it once this is all over.
Yes, Ben'Dar will lead the chase on those who escaped. He has
a score to settle with the one who nearly killed Tef'wo. When
they locate the fleeing enemy, Ben'Dar shouts grimly, motioning
toward the one who hurt Tef'wo earlier, "That one is mine!"
From Chion: [Re: Actions]
Chion states, "It is interesting to me that they flee somewhere.
If it is at all possible to follow them then perhaps we should.
I do not suggest we chase them down and kill them. They must be
running somewhere, and that is what we need to find out. If they
are getting reinforcements, we can also scout that number instead
of engaging them. Then we can repay the ambush. For now some of
us need to concentrate on figuring out this lake situation."
From Z'leyra: [Re: Actions]
Z'leyra will take a moment to inspect one of the enemy corpses.
Thinking it possible that they might be Creations she will cast
Orient Self EL0, Purification EL1 and then cast Perception EL1
through her staff on the corpse.
Z'leyra will mention to Arawn that while she appreciates the
offer to resurrect the eagle she would not presume to alter the
eagle spirit's journey without its permission.
For Z'leyra healing takes priority over chasing so she will
continue patching folks up. She will offer to cast an EL2 Speed
spell on whoever is going off to chase the bad guys.
GM: Ack. As to speed Farseeker doesn't want it and Ben'dar
would've needed to know before tonight's update. Beside
we are talking horse vs foot. Not a big deal.
From Arawn: [Re: Actions]
Arawn will try one last Dark Knowledge spell at EL1 on the Katai
officer. Fingers crossed I'll get something useful:-P If he
succeeds he will as the following-
"Tell me, giving exacting details and to the best of your
knowledge, what Chu Yu's plan of action is involving the
Pavassa forest and surrounding regions?" - Second question
depends on answers to first so this will have to wait.
As for Z'leyra, Arawn will nod in acknowledgement and say,
"That is for the best. All life is precious but unless there
is great need and the spirit is willing there is little good
to be done by pulling one away from the normal cycle of
rebirth. For now the eagle spirit is at peace."
Back at Lake Oca Arawn will quickly search #17's body and then
return to the group, assuming some item of interest or danger
does not draw his attention prior. Upon arriving at the clearing
he will offer to assist in tracking the enemy. If he feels he is
taking too long to reach the clearing then he will call to his
horse in the Horse-Tongue to meet him and so speed his return.
If he is still too late then he will stay with the others and do
what he can to investigate the nearby woods and Lake Oca.
Also, did anyone mind if Arawn wields the extra wand (MEL 10/EL
4) in the treasure horde for now? I'm assuming that I don't have
real access to treasure on that list until I hear a unanimous OK
from the group so I'm willing to say he's just borrowing it for
now until this mission is over.
[Decalis 16th, 107th day since left Marentia, 42nd day of
Adventure #3 of the 1633rd year [TH].]
[Location: Pavassa Forest - Eastern Edge/On Plains/Cabin]
[Time - 10:45am]
[Five or so hours before the combat at Lake Oca - ]
[Frustrated by the results of the Dark Knowledge spell
Arawn prepares for another. He warns the others of the
spell and casts it. A few seconds later the spirit of
the man drifts around Arawn It says nothing and looks
more angry than last time it was summoned again. It
is clear to those who watch if it could it would attack
Arawn and any others given a chance.]
Arawn to Spirit: "Tell me, giving exacting details and to
the best of your knowledge, what Chu Yu's plan of action
is involving the Pavassa forest and surrounding regions?"
Spirit: "Control. Power. Domination. Wealth. Exact
details are elusive to me. I know only hints of the
[The spirit drifts and finishes waiting for the magic
to end but Arawn has one more question.]
GM: Second question to be given later. Arawn keep in
mind if it spoils future events like the lake the
answer will be invalid. That's why it would have
to be done BEFORE the lake event.
Thig: "I suspect the spirit is low on the chain of
command. I suspect a true power player would make
his plans not well known to even those who he
trusts the most."
[Arawn considers the second question and sighs in frustration.
These answers aren't helpful but they seem truthful. This
spirit must now know all of the plans. He is simply a Humagi
hireling on what could likely be a international plot in
a larger plan.]
[Arawn mentions to Z'leyra about saving the dead Eagle
later that morning before the party leaves for the lake.
Z'leyra considers the offer a honorable one and in
most cases would love to. But the eagle did die
a heroic death. She believes even Eagles have some
god that honors such heroes.]
Z'leyra: "That is for the best. All life is precious but
unless there is great need and the spirit is willing there
is little good to be done by pulling one away from the
normal cycle of rebirth. For now the eagle spirit is at
[Location: Pavassa Forest - Lake Oca/Deep Forest]
[Time - 4:01pm]
[Weather - Overcast, 61 Degrees]
[The temperature drops a degree as Ben'dar stands and
stretches once free from his paralysis. He flexes his
arms and fingers. He approaches Bohusara who is talking
to the Vassa who have entered the clearing. She turns
to listen to Ben'dar in her Faerry like innocence.
Ben'dar shifts from foot to foot clearly unsure of himself
against this powerful creature, no person. She nods and
smiles a slight smile that reminds Ben'dar of his own
mother. It seems all "mothers" have that look. Ben'dar
suddenly feels homesick. Even with her Faerry looking
smallish face she looks so familiar as a "mother". He
glances to Strie'bog and knows now Strie'bog must be lucky
to have her. He turns around and speaks.]
Ben'dar: "Thank you for saving Tef'wo and for healing me. We
are both in your debt."
Bohusara: "I did nothing." [She spreads her arms to both
sides of the forest as a wind blows past blowing Ben'dar's
thick head hair like mane sideways. In her melodic voice
that seems magically to be understood by all when she
is in the forest she continues.] "I am only the servant
the conduit to Cernunnos the Lord of Nature. I am
only in service to Life and the God of the True Forest.
Your horse was willing to sacrifice itself to save you.
I could feel its life ebbing. It would not have been
right to let him die. He," [She glances over the
shoulder at Tef'wo eating some grass] "has his own
destiny." [She looks back at Ben'dar] "As do you. As
do your friends here and not here. You were in no
danger of dying being a strong warrior. I've heard
stories of Zen'da greatness. We rarely get such
Zen'da visitors here. Maybe once every five years we
might find one Zen'da who visits. The Humagi do not
enjoy their presence. As to a debt I do not collect.
The Wheel of Life brings gain and losses to a balance
in life and death. Keep your gain for you may need
it when your at a great loss."
[Ben'dar nods and turns away appreciative but confused
by the strange woman and her words. Loss and Gain?
Sounds like some merchant talk. As the others realize
the fleeing people are getting away he rushes over to
his damaged pike that Thig dropped back. He finds
a few nicks in it after he wipes the black thick blood
on the ground. He didn't think magical weapons could
be damaged so easily. These Warriors must be skilled
to do that or they must have strong bodies or armor.
He twirls and balances it and then smiles as he recalls
how it got damaged. He took down two, almost three.
Didn't Farseeker say he only took down two? Hah! No
he said he took on three. So he has one more to go.
He might ask the others to repair the weapon later on
if it doesn't break in the next few hours.]
[Ben'dar goes to Tef'wo and checks him out. he
pats the horse and Tef'wo nudges his head up against
Ben'dar in return. Ben'dar mounts up and then finally
gets a look at the scene about him. There must be
15 bodies of those warriors around. No dead horses.
No dead party members. That's good. But where is
Chion: "It is interesting to me that they flee somewhere. If
it is at all possible to follow them then perhaps we should.
I do not suggest we chase them down and kill them. They must
be running somewhere, and that is what we need to find out.
If they are getting reinforcements, we can also scout that
number instead of engaging them. Then we can repay the
ambush. For now some of us need to concentrate on figuring
out this lake situation."
[Ben'dar grunts. Not kill them. Unlikely for that one
warrior. If there are more maybe then. Killing a Zen'da
Warrior's horse is taboo and if that is broken its worse,
well almost as worse, as killing a family member. It
just is NOT done. At least on the plains. You capture
mounts certainly but not kill them.]
Thig: "If they were summoned they would not flee. They
would likely stay or turn against their controller.
If they flee they have free will or at least broken
that control. I suspect we are dealing with simple
creatures with a need for self preservation."
Xian: "Chion is right the more we waste on this lake thing
the harder it might be to stop it."
Farseeker: "Well me and Ben'dar will ride after them."
Thig: "I will go as well."
Trembyl: "We could use you to fly around the lake faster
than a horse could go around it."
Thig: "Others can do that like Bohusara or Corona. I
can send back word by my telepathy for up to eight
miles. If theres a problem Chion and bring reinforcements
but I suspect there won't be any. Not with these two
crazy fighters with me." [He grins.]
[Z'leyra has patched up Unali enough to stop bleeding
and given some pain relief but is not hearing the
conversation on the fleeing warriors. She is torn
between staying here in the clearing or going after
them. But her duties seems to be dictating that
answer. As she hears Ben'dar and Farseeker plan their
chase behind her Bohusara and Unali talk quietly. Z'leyra
forgets how hurt Unali is for a few moments.]
[Unali tries to sit but finds the pain too much and her
wounds too devastating. Z'leyra's initial inspection
found she, Unali, should be unconscious. But it seems
the magic of the scabbard has kept her from that threshold.
Another benefit of the magical dagger seems to have saved
her from a fate she didn't want. She turns her head
and calls for Bohusara who is nearby whispering to
Strie'bog. Bohusara walks over and smiles. There is
that odd smile she saw hours ago. It reminds her of
Unali: "Thank you for saving my life. I am in your debt. I
hope I can repay you or your son someday. May the sun cast
deep shadows in the Forest."
[Bohusara leans down and whispers into Unali's ears for
about a minute. No one else hears. She then pulls
back and nods.]
Unali: "As said I am in your debt already, but if you might,
would you heal me so I could get up? I don't think I can
stand in the shape I am in now and live."
Bohusara: "Certainly. I am no Healer like Z'leyra. But
she did say you could stand a few more magical healings.
That is good enough for me. I will get you to the point
to stand up for now. If you want more we can discuss
that after we plan our next move. Ready?"
[She places both hands on Unali. One on her forehead
and one on her stomach which is slightly painful to the
touch but Unali stands the pain. She casts the spell
and speaks the magical words. Blue and Green energy
flows from her arms into Unali and wounds begin to
immediately heal on her ribs and chest. Unali winces at
the pain of mending bone but is relieved to be alive.
Unali sits up and feels dizzy but can sit up. Bohusara
calls for Trembyl and both help her up to her feet.]
[Meanwhile Arawn searches the body of #17. He finds
only the bone dagger, leathers and the empty pouch.
He looks around and finds the thrown bug bullet objects.
All seem to be crushed. The staff and nothing else.
He stands when he hears the horses and heads toward
the clearing. He enters back into the clearing as
Ben'dar mounts Tef'wo for the chase. He sees Unali
being walked to her horse and smiles at seeing her
in good shape or relative good shape. She seems till
wounded but much better.]
[Unali stops Trembyl and looks at Arawn to draw him near.
She recalls the scroll found earlier today and speaks
loud enough so all can hear her.]
Unali: "It seems these warriors are sent from my homelands.
Not that I have seen such monsters before, but that would
be all the more reason to track down their origin and whoever
may control them. Whoever that is, his intent cannot be pure.
But I don't think that haste will aid us. I suggest we go
home, to Maren, whatever kind of home that is for us, and
rest and prepare for a long journey east first."
Trembyl: "Yes. Winter is here and traveling in this season
is very bad. We best wait for spring. But we should
solve this lake thing first."
[The last few steps Unali gains control and walks to her
horse with little aid as her energy builds back up
from the healing. She walks to her horse and grabs
her bag and a blanket. She sits down onto the ground
and wraps the blanket around herself and the bag.
Farseeker: "Want to join us in the chase Unali?"
Unali: "You go without me and let me rest for a while. I
should be gone except for your kindness and Z'leyra's gift.
That dagger is a true life saver. I must say."
[Hearing of the fleeing warrior Arawn mounts up on his
horse and offers to help track. A Elf on a horse is
not as invisible as on foot but its much faster in
Farseeker: "We shall return soon!"
[With that Ben'dar, Farseeker, Ben'dar gallop off to
the north-west with Thig flying behind.]
Xian: "Four against one almost seems unfair."
Trembyl: "If there is only one that fled."
[Chion examines one of the Staff weapons closely but
stays far enough so it doesn't lunge at him. If
they are still alive. he is curious by the nature
of the weapon. A living creature it seems or maybe
some Creation? the staff on some seem to be wrapped
around the arm of the warriors. Some in full length
must be 9 feet tall. That would mean the staff has
a flexible ability to shift in various modes.]
[Xian looks at the lake and studies the problem.
He tries to figure out what could be the problem
as others examine the bodies and clean up.]
[Strie'bog continues to sit and stare at the warriors
in almost shock. Bohusara whispers to him to try
to get him to talk but sits quietly by his side
waiting for some reaction. The Vassa look at the
lake and bodies in confusion as Bohusara explains
what has happened. The Vassa are unsure why the lake
is now brown when just days ago it was a blue green
and healthy looking.]
[Chion picks up one of the bone daggers and weighs it.
Compared to his sai it is very heavy maybe twice as
heavy. The sheer weight and odd nature of the bone
like dagger indicates it must be for fighting rather
[Trembyl takes his dagger and tears at one of the warrior's
clothing. The heavy leather takes both hands in
force to cut through. One indication likely why the
weapons of the party are now damaged. When he reveals
the chest area though he draws back and calls the others.
Under the thick leather tunic is some form of odd looking
armor. Down the center of the ribcage area in the center
of the chest is a fist width structure going from the
top of the chest below the wind pipe area on a human
to below the stomach and just above the waist. The
structure is a dark brown and black. At the top are
two what look to be antennae?! To the side of the
structure are long thick tubes or appendages going out
and across the sides of the ribs. There seems to be
about 12 arms on each side and covers the bulk of the
chest with webbed like padding between. The appendages
seem to go around the body to the back of the body as
well making back armor it seems and looks to be tight
wearing. Those around are unsure if it can be taken
off or if its part of the creature's own body.]
Xian: "It looks like a crab! The center part and arms
and two eyes. Why would crabs be used as armor?"
Trembyl: "Look here."
[Trembyl kneels and points to a section on the left and
pulls back the leather to reveal a hole. Likely from
a weapon. There is black blood on the leather which
indicates a wound. But on the 'arm' of the crab like
armor a section about the size of a silver dollar shows.
But here instead of a hole in the 'arm' is a tan like
surface lighter than the black and brown of the armor.]
Trembyl: "It looks like this wound on the armor regenerated.
Maybe sealed itself? Maybe that's why our weapons
got damaged. This armor looks very strong."
Xian: "Yes. A single stone for a house can be broken but
a lattice work of stones can add reinforcement and
make it virtually indestructible."
[Trembyl takes his dagger and tries to cut a part of the
appendage arm off but it is very resistant. The
'eyes' seem to move a split second but stop. Maybe
only in the jerking of the body. Finally a portion
is cut off and Trembyl tries to stab at it and see what
force it takes to penetrate a hole. With one hand
the dagger does nothing but scratches. But with both
arms and a full down swing a hole is finally made.]
Trembyl: "I'd say its tougher than plate armor!"
[Z'leyra walks away and goes to another corpse curious by
the whole scene. She kneels and begins to tap her drum.
She calls Xian over to recall what her spell will tell
her. She purifies the ground and finally casts her
[Meanwhile deep in the forest Ben'dar leads the small
group to where he was attacked. It is easy to pick
up on a trail as black blood is found in places going
north west. If only Boyzdar was not hurt he could
track faster. But he is. Black blood on the green
grass should be easy to track. They ride north-west
following the trail. They stop to examine tracks of
boots. Farseeker comments there are only two set
of them. Likely the wounded warrior and another one.]
[Back in the camp Z'leyra enters her spell. She
suddenly speaks in a strange tongue. Xian is confused
by the tongue and doesn't understand it. But something
odd happens. As she speaks everyone. Everyone in the
camp hears her even those a hundred feet away. Suddenly
birds in large groups are fleeing trees all around the
lake startled by the strange voice. All animals in the
forest also move about confused by the direction of the
voice. Ben'dar and the others suddenly stop as they
hear the voice of Z'leyra speak in a strange tongue
and they are a good mile away. Further distant into
the forest two beings stop and turn and look at each
other confused as to where the voice is coming from.
Five miles away to the south west in the Vassa village
the Vassa visitors to the camp came from all those
in that village hear the voice. Z'leyra's words seem
to echo for miles in fact 9 miles in every direction
scaring people and animals.]
[Bohusara startled and overwhelmed by the sensation and
the confusion of the forest stands up and looks at
Z'leyra. She places her hands on her ears.]
Bohusara: "What have you done?"
[Z'leyra looks around seeing birds in massive flocks startled
and everyone looking at her. Confused. Xian leans over
and places his hand on her mouth.]
Xian: "Don't speak. Something odd just happened with that
spell. I think it failed. Badly."
Next update Friday...
Arawn - Don't forget your still wounded. Also down
a lot of mana.
Unali - Healed 36%.
To ALL: Arawn claims the Wand. I will add it to his
sheet as owned. Since I had asked for any NO votes
on him having treasure and that was weeks ago I
figure no one minds. So he gets a fair share of
the treasure for the adventure. Which is fine by me.
GM: Player / Companion Status
Player HPV Status Healings Today
Arawn 60% [Moderate] 1
Strie'bog 15% [Heavy] 1
Unali 43% [Moderate] 2
Boyzdar 66% [Moderate] 1
GM: Enough of a update for now. Will continue chase
Friday. Since no one else said they would join
its just the four. May be a small update for
Friday. Don't know yet.
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