[pnpgm] Game Update #95 - File #745 - Combat ends...?

Scott Adams longshotgm at netzero.com
Thu May 27 06:36:29 CEST 2010

  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
  R4.Tom Corckett..........Caladan...........Wizard  Normal/Human  Ma
  W2.Marcel Liberty........Chion.............Sailor..Normal/Human  Ma
  W3.Ryan Torres...........Farseeker.........Warrior.Normal/Human  Ma
  --.Tobie Bonahoom........Fremea............Sidh....Normal/Faerry Fe
  R2.Mark Murtha...........Kell..............Trader..Normal/Human..Ma
  Do.David Sanders.........Kiet.Sunan........Acrobat Normal/Human  Ma
  R4.J H Hooten............Raban.Usherwood...Bard....Normal/Human..Ma
  W2.Robert Maxwell........Strie'bog.........Bard....Normal/Human..Ma
  W4.Wout Broere...........Unali.............Ninja...Normal/Human  Fe
  R1 John.Stowman..........Will..............Hunter..Normal/Human..Ma
  R4.Alex Koponen..........Z'leyra...........Healer..Normal/Human  Fe
  R1 NPC...................Zhou Kiwat........Noble...Normal/Human..Ma
     Animals: Corona [Eagle] Z'leyra, Tef'wo (Horse) Ben'dar, 

  Cover Story Info: [HD- House member, F-Foreigner, N-native non house]
     Arawn      aka Arawn         as Teacher to daughter [F]
     Ben'dar    aka Bu Da         as Horse expert        [F]
     Caladan    aka Ca Lu         as Guard/Archer        [N]
     Chion      aka Capt. Chu Mai as Sailor Trustee      [HD]
     Farseeker  aka Fu Sa         as Guard               [F]
     Fremea     aka Lin Mong      as Noble child         [HD] [Disguised]
     Kell       aka Swan          as Trader              [F]
     Kiet       aka Kiet Sunan    as Zhou's servant      [F]
     Raban      aka Toban Nu      as Entertainer/Guard   [F] 
     Strie'bog  aka Sun Zhu       as Entertainer         [N]
     Unali      aka Tun Au        as Zhou's wife         [HD]
     Whitney    aka Whitney       as Herbalist/Tailor    [F]
     Will       aka Sun Tzu       as hunt master         [F]
     Z'leyra    aka Kakita Junami as Healer              [F]
     Zhou       aka Zhou Wa       as Baron Noble         [HD]

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     Game Update #95 in sequence (file #745)      
     Admin Notes: None. 

        From Raban: [Re: Actions]
          <The smash heads together maneuver sounds so easy in the stories,
          but Raban has never gotten it to work. At least this time the
          heads did not come off first...so messy <Fun scene ;)
        GM: Ack. It worked halfway.  But with two targets moving and weaving
            it is harder than it really is for doing right.  But you're
            a bit big for Curly, too quiet for Moe so maybe larry?

     [New Stuff]

         [Julis 26th, 1634TH]
         [Location: Middle Katai Plains, Shantou Province]
         [          20 Miles south of Shantou City       ]
         [          Old Shantou Carnival Grounds         ]

         [Time: 2:38:36pm]

           Fremea aims with her back to the front of the house at the last
         Vong outside.  It is only about 8 feet away and she has no problem
         hitting the warrior in the right shoulder doing a massive wound
         causing the arrow to penetrate through to the other side.  It
         does the final damage to kill the wounded Vong but no cold effect
         seems to go off as his magic resists but it isn't needed.  The
         Vong goes limp onto the ground.

           Inside Z'leyra reloads and raises her sling.  She fires at
         the fleeing Vong down the hall at a greater distance now.  The
         bullet goes flying down the hallway 25 feet and hits the Vong in
         the lower right back doing a minor wound only.

           Will with arms crossed watches the fight in the hall and is
         eager for something to do.  As he considers this he suddenly
         falls to the floor becoming solid. 

           Raban sees the last Vong fall and jogs toward the house door.
         He steps toward the downed Vong and steps on his chest and
         murmurs something like "sorry."  The weight of the giant
         seems to finish off the Vong if he was just knocked out before.  
         He ducks and enters the house first and immediately doesn't
         see anyone but just a room that might be a lounge or living
         room with a fireplace and sitting furniture.

           Unali thrusts forward with her dual daggers and the magical
         dagger hits the Vong in the neck doing massive damage killing
         him before the other dagger lands in the upper center chest
         doing more but not needed additional damage.  The strike kills
         the warrior before he hits the floor.  She glances forward and
         sees a door to the front and right.  If she recalls the female
         is in that room and the other is the storage room if she can
         understand the layout Z'leyra relayed to Will.

           Farseeker shifts to the left a foot and then brings down his large
         great sword to his right downward and then using a arc he sends the
         blade back up building speed and force with the blow.  He hopes
         to simply slice the Vong's chest but the blade goes high as the
         Vong tries to block with his staff.  The two handed large sword
         goes above the warrior's left arm and hits him in the neck.
         A half second later the head of the Vong goes tumbling left and
         down the hallway.  Black blood shoots upward and Farseeker kicks
         out with his foot to force the body and gore to the other side
         of the hallway.  He glances at Unali has black gore and blood
         bits on her left side of her black clothing.  Of course in her
         black clothing its hardly noticed.  Farseeker gives a sheepish
         look and a "sorry" expression.  Then his blade lowers to the
         ground and he eyes it with dismay.  That must've damaged the

           Inside the bedroom Chion can hear something tumble and fall
         in the hallway.  He wonders if they are playing some kind of
         ball game outside.  Tired of this cramped room he thrusts forward
         with a fake then pulls back and thrusts again at his true target.
         The sai dagger hits Vong #1 in the lower left abdomen and does
         the final damage to kill the warrior who is already damaged.
         The warrior slumps back against the west wall.

           Ben'dar nods to Fremea in thanks and quickly heads inside to
         join Raban.

           Kell runs toward the house as well.

           The last Vong in the house turns to see Ben'dar and Raban
         enter the house.  He knows things are bad and he is likely
         trapped.  He charges Ben'dar and thrusts his amphistaff but
         fails to hit.

           Will heads over to the shaper to check her out and sees
         she is not breathing.  The headdress is still attached and
         he notices the snakes aren't moving as fast.  In fact only
         one seems to be alive still and its seems sluggish.  He
         turns to the bed and then to the door and heads there.  He
         notices the two Vong there are dead and shakes his head.

           Caladan, Whitney and Strie'bog head toward the house.


         [Time: 2:38:39pm]

           Raban finds the room and house cramped with only a 6
         foot ceiling he has to duck and its annoying!  He can't
         fight in a place like this.  Ben'dar is in front of him
         and in the way.  But there is a chair he could move to get
         to the Vong.  He lifts the wooden chair and finds it goes
         up a few feet but the area is too cramp to move it behind
         him.  Grumbling he simply throws the chair at the Vong.
         the chair hits the Vong in the right arm and chest sending
         him toward the north wall.  The chair now destroyed flies
         apart in many pieces.  The Vong goes tumbling to the wall
         and up against it.  It would appear the Vong did take some
         good damage.

           Z'leyra fires her sling but as the Vong is thrown up against
         the wall she misses.

           Ben'dar charges forward and thrusts his spear at the Vong but
         the warrior is trying to dodge and get back up so fast the spear
         fails to hit.

           Kell charges with his own spear and impales the Vong in the
         right chest doing the final damage to kill him as he slumps
         to the ground.

         [Time: 2:38:42pm - 2:38:52pm]

           Over the next ten seconds the house is searched and there are
         no more Vong alive or hidden.  On the second floor the two other
         bedrooms contain prisoners.  Where Chion was the adult elderly
         male, the assumed caretaker himself, is alive. He shows signs of
         bruises, cuts and welts likely from beating or torture but is
         in otherwise fair shape.

           The bedroom next to him the adult female, likely his wife,
         is sadly dead.  It is unclear if Z'leyra or anyone could've
         saved her if they got to her first.  She oddly shows a lack of
         torture but seems to have possibly died from heart failure as
         she is in her late 50s maybe 60s.  She shows sign of possible
         heart failure like spots on the eyes or maybe even being
         strangled?  it is unclear from the quick inspection.  But
         it is clear she is beyond hope.

           The second floor other rooms the bathroom and storage are
         empty.  Downstairs only the one Vong Raban played bar brawl
         with the chair is there.  The rooms on the first floor is
         a small office, storage area/closet, kitchen, dining room that
         could fit a good amount and a living room with fireplace where
         the group entered.

           All in total there were ten Vong warriors and the female
         Vong in the caretaker with three prisoners

           Outside the horses clump about 30 feet from the house around
         Tef'wo and graze on the grass.

           To the distant north Arawn and Zhou work on the female.  With
         Arawn's horse there Zhou covers her up with a blanket for now
         but makes her as comfortable as she can.  Arawn soon realizes
         that removing the coral could be tricky.  It is not known what
         it will do to the body.  Her chest alone cold be a major work
         if it is removed and she might not make it after that.  She
         is stable but her pulse is weak but not critical.  Zhou
         turns to Kiet and yells, "If you see Z'leyra send her here."

           But on the wagon that now faces north away from the house
         Kiet sits on the wagon and looks around.  By now the others have
         entered the house and assume to be doing well but it is unclear.
         No one has left the house yet.  He begins to consider the day
         so far and figures some inside are probably tapped out with
         their magical energy especially the scouts.  He considers
         "at least it could be worse but its over now."  As he sighs a
         bit of relief he glances to the east.  Then bolts up in the
         seat and glances.  There in the distance is a humanoid running
         toward the west.  He appears to have come from the small
         building that the party skipped near the end of the road in
         the east.  He is waving his arms and running fast.  Then
         a second later another humanoid exits the small structure.
         This one seems to be running as well.  No.  Kiet soon realizes
         that the two a good half mile away are running this way but
         the second seems to be chasing the other?

           Kiet considers going to get Unali's bag to get her spyglass
         but one time someone tried that and she didn't seem to like
         that and she could kill him with a good flick of her wrist.
         That might not be good to go about her personal gear.  He
         considers Fremea's spyglass but it is inside the wagon likely.

           Kiet squints and then soon realizes a second later that the
         two humanoids are Vong.  Their distinct gray heads seem to glisten
         in the sunlight and show that non-pale skin humans have.  So
         why is one Vong frantic seeming and being chased by another?

           Kiet then turns his head to warn Zhou but as he twists
         he suddenly notices another odd thing.  In the north west
         in the distance behind the north edge of the barn is a dust
         cloud.  As his eyes adjust to the glare of the sun in that
         distance he notices a large group of horses round the edge
         of the barn and round it.  

           Kiet raises a hand to his forehead and squints and counts
         the horses.  One...two...five...seven....ten...twelve!  These
         horses are clearly being controlled by humans.  

           North of the wagon Zhou glances up to see the riders suddenly
         come around the north end of the barn.  Where did they come
         from he wonders?  The field out here is wide open and can
         see for miles.  Unless they used the sun as a shield and the
         blocking of buildings like the tall barn?  He squints as
         Arawn talks about something but he loses concentration as he
         counts the horses.  He speaks over Arawn and says. "Horses!
         Katai men coming!"

           Arawn stops his check of the female and glances over his
         shoulder to the north.  He sees the riders and notices with
         his slightly better eyes though blinded a bit by the sunlight
         they are all wearing the same clothing or at least same style.

         [Time: 2:38:53pm]

         Actions? Comments?

         Next Update...Monday...

         GM: I've removed the other map to use this new map of the
             situation.  Keep in mind the large scale.
             See bottom of update for position info.  

         GM: Just when you thought things settled down huh? :) There
             is a reason for this that will eventually be clear.  I
             did not hear of any words on the holiday so will do a post
             Monday night.  I got this update out early and did the
             extra phase of action to end the house combat.  Since
             this is out early you get extra time to flee or consider
             your moves.  :) Happy Memorial day!

         GM: Spells still active -

             Active spells - No other spells active. 
               Raban   - Bless
               Z'leyra - Insubstantial, Levitate, Invisibility

    * Carnival Grounds layout

      Scale - 1 Column - 200 feet         /I\ North
              1 Row    - 200 feet

      Grounds shown below - 3300' x 

               1         2         3         4         5         6
     A     __________
     B     | Corral |                           Unknown 
     C     |   C    |                              F
     D     |        |                 `           V
     E     |___/____|                           V  <-Vong             
     F B                                                  .............
     G a>[A] H <Horse group                        
     H r [A]                    `     X     `
     I n
     J    E
     K                                         ____/_____
     L    G <--Cartaker house                  |        |
     M    H`         B                `        |   D    |
     N    I                                    |        |
     O                                         |________|

       X - Symbolic center of Carnival grounds
       ` \ Tent area boundary (open area) 
       . = Dirt road going east to main Highway  (2.5 miles to highway)
       ` = Structure from ground up a few feet
       A - Barn     - 300' x ??? x 22' feet high
       B - Building -  50' x ???
       C - Area     -1600' x 800' [Horse Corral]
       D - Area     -1600' x 800' [Animal Corral]
       E - Office   - 200' x ???
       F - Building -  50' x ???
       G - Caretaker-  65' x ??? x 22' feet high 
       H = Building -  60' x ???
       I = Building -  45' x ???

       Building scale may be off actual scale slightly due to rounding.

       Notes: There are small foot dirt paths that lead from building to
       building.  There are signs of holes in the ground likely where
       torch stands have been at one point.

       Distance between actual buildings -

       A to E -  150 feet space
       E to G -  250 feet space
       G to H -  310 feet space
       H to I -  200 feet space 

   Party positions -
     Arawn, Zhou  - c. K6 [Actually between J/K at 150 from G]
     Inside group - Building G/Caretaker house
                    Ben'dar, Caladan, Chion, Farseeker, Fremea, Kell,
                    Raban, Strie'bog, Unali, Whitney, Will, Z'leyra
     Wagon/Kiet - c. K7 roughly
     Katai group- G8 [12 horses with riders]
     Vong       - E43, E45 [E43 being chased, ]

   Note: Building E to G is 250 feet between buildings.  Arawn/Zhou and
   female are about 150 feet north of building G.  Wagon is about 50
   feet south of that roughly.

   The horses are about 400-500 feet away.  If an average horse goes
   60 feet per phase it will take 20-30 seconds for them to arrive on
   the scene if my math is right.  For the Vong they are 3,600 feet away
   roughly over half a mile.  So if they run fast it will take them 5-10
   min if they tire out and slow down. 

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