[pnpgm] Game Update #210 - File #1372 - Chaos Ensues

Scott Adams longshotgm at netzero.com
Thu Feb 23 08:01:40 CET 2012

  HT Aliaver/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
  R1.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,

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     Game Update #210 in sequence (file #1372)     
     Admin Notes: None.

        From Z'leyra: [Re: Actions]
          Not hearing the request for her mirror, Z'leyra is already
          most of the way across the open area with Ben'dar, both
          invisible, guiding him with her left hand.  She tells Ben'dar
          that they should both attack the same Vong from behind on the
          count of three from when she taps one, two, three on his foot
          with her foot. To keep the magic going he should keep in touch
          with her at all times, at least until the spell wears off.

          She speaks low to Ben'dar "We will leave those in the ...

          She leads them into the first bowl home and around behind
          any Vong inside.
        GM: Ack. 

        From Kiet: [Re: Actions]
          Kiet looks over to his friend and smiles at Kell.  "How's...

          Kiet will head to the treasure room if we don't all head out
          soon. Definitely want to check the contents of the barrels...
          why would the Vong keep/bring them?  Maybe there's something
          in one of them besides liquid?  There's no real reason to keep
          the stuff in the barrels...so maybe dump it out ifno one
          Kiet will be pleased to tell everybody else what he has
        GM: Ack. 

        From Kell: [Re: Actions]
          [Thanks for the update.  Now that's a lot to digest and go
          around. Man....]

          Returning from scouting Ha'Kell wonders aloud, "Where are...

          [Once chaos descends, Kell wants to form a group to find
          either the world brain or the portal.  Or both.  Use the
          chaos as a distraction since stealth is likely gone.

          Scott, I know this isn't much but hopefully it's enough to
          give something.]
        GM: Ack. Just one problem.  Did you go scouting? :)  I know you
            had plan to dig via elemental but never did say if you were
            going to do it or not - especially after I mentioned would
            need time and equipment to hold the tunnel.  It was Kiet's
            magic that did the recon.  

     [New Stuff]

         [Augado 10th, 1634TH]
         [Location: Middle Katai Plains] 
         [          Mountains west of Pamau]                

         [Time: 2:24:10 pm]

           Kiet loses the mental vision of his spell sphere and turns
         to the others.

           Kiet looks over to his friend and smiles at Kell.  "How's
         that?" he says, clearly proud of his accomplishment.  "It's an
         especially useful tool when one must snoop.  I used it on the
         flying castle once to good effect."  Kiet knows that direct
         magic use against these Vong is dangerous, but obtuse stuff
         like this is what Kiet trained for.  It suits his nature.  Kiet
         is also very happy to get to use his magic... especially since
         he feels inadequate to the task of fighting...unless the Vong
         are trussed up like a holiday dinner bird.

           Inside the inner cave Z'leyra is tired of waiting with no
         action and no takers on her offer to go invisible.  But
         Ben'dar who will follow her, is eager to move on.  

           She speaks low to Ben'dar "We will leave those in the towers
         to those with offensive magics. We will clear those bowl type
         buildings one at a time. Wait for my signal and stay in touch
         so that the spell doesn't end early."

           Z'leyra casts quickly her orient self and invisibility spells.
         Then Z'leyra grabs Ben'dar and heads to the side tunnel that
         leads to the hole to the main cavern.  At the same time, Kiet
         is leading Kell and Farseeker toward the inner tunnel.

           Z'leyra can hear Kiet talking to Kell about what he found but
         she decides not to stick around to wait for the report.  It
         sounded like the bowl structures could be homes.  But the acrobat
         left around the bend to join the others. 
           Kell can feel a light breeze pass him and figures it just the
         wind but would soon realize it was Z'leyra and Ben'dar.

           Back in the inner tunnel with the others, Kiet organizes his
         thoughts on the report to be given.

           At the hole now, Z'leyra and Ben'dar stop.  Z'leyra tells him
         she will cast another spell on both to help them move fast.  She
         then casts speed upon herself and onto ben'dar.  A few seconds
         later both climb the dirt incline leading up to the ground floor
         of the large cavern.  Taking a couple of seconds they scan the
         large cavern that could fit a small mountain which the cavern
         is essentially.  Both can see the ceiling about 800 feet or so
         above them.  To the left are the bowl structures.  To the right
         are the obvious landing field for the flyers.  Z'leyra yanks
         Ben'dar's hand and runs fast toward the bowl structures. 

           Caladan looks back after inspecting the A'equin and realizes
         that Z'leyra is gone.  He heard Ben'dar give a light growl that
         usually means he is about to go into battle. But doesn't seem to
         see him or Z'leyra.  He looks around giving his worry a voice,
         "where is Z'leyra and Ben'dar?"

           Kell was about to talk about the sphere to Kiet but realizes
         quickly that two are missing from the group. "Where are Z and

           Raban shrugs, "she mentioned going invisible and heading

           Kell can't believe how calm the Bard is.  Why didn't he stop
         them? But Kell realizes things have just changed toward chaos.
         He wonders how the Balance creature will react to this. He quickly
         adds, "We need to find the world brain and the portal.  If we
         can stop those, we stop the invasion.' 

           Captain Lin looks to the side tunnel where the rabbit hole
         is and rushes to it.  He notices a bit of gravel and dust drop
         from the ramp leading up but sees nothing.  He turns to say
         loudly to the others, "they've already left!"

           The Merkabah listens to this and realizes that some of the
         others have already left, decides time is up.  "The time is
         up!  Move or suffer!"

           He pulls the reigns tight and orders the two horses forward
         toward the small tunnel entrance where Lin is standing.  Lin
         this time wisely moves away just as the chariot bumps him to
         the side of the wall almost missing him by a foot.

           Behind the chariot the party quickly realizes what is going
         on making some curse that no real plans have been made.  But
         then again sometimes just doing it on the fly always tends to
         work out.

           Before Kiet can even give his report, Farseeker speaks up.
         "If they left we have to act fast!  We'll need to support
         them as we can."

         [Time: 2:24:32 pm]

           Ben'dar and Z'leyra with their new found invisible run toward
         the bowl homes. They can see the first ones about 170-180 feet
         away.  Ben'dar's long hair ripples in the breeze made by his
         new found speed it seems he is moving more than twice his normal
         speed!  As he runs he tries to look around but is concentrating
         too much on the forward view.  He can see the Vong towers along
         the west wall.  He can only assume the boots under their feet
         must be giving some indication of their movement by dirt or
         wisps of dust clouds.  But hopefully they will now know what it
         is till it is too late.  Ben'dar can feel Z'leyra's warm hand
         and grins as if some teenage couple is being chased by one
         parent as they sneak off.  Then for some reason Ben'dar recalls
         Pasha and wonders what she is doing now.  

           Before Ben'dar can consider the cute Pa'vassa girl it takes
         only about 6-7 seconds to get to the first bowl structure
         crossing the field in only a quick jog.

           Ben'dar and Z'leyra quickly study the structure.  They
         look left and right to see others all identical.  The top
         of the structure reminds Z'leyra of some ice homes barbarians
         make.  Probably to let smoke and air through.  She guesses
         this to be the case.  But to Ben'dar he doesn't know what
         the thing is before him.  The structure resembles a meat
         pie placed in a bowl and turned upside down without the bowl.
         The texture is rough and blotchy with random things here
         and there as if a noodle and meat dish.  It looks definitely
         Vong like and like the 'doors' seen below.  It is clearly
         Vong made.  If anything the creatures seem to use natural
         things rather than waste things like wood and other

           Ben'dar can see other Vong moving about this way and
         that.  Then the Zen'da warrior is yanked to circle the
         structure to see if there is a opening or door.   There
         is no slits or 'windows' in the Vong structure.  But
         then Z'leyra notices a small circle that looks more tan
         than the others.  The color of the structure is mostly
         dark reds, oranges and some browns.  But this tan thing
         seems to be like the structure that opened the door. She
         quickly places a hand onto the object and hopes there is
         no trap or Vong bug or such.  But why would they protect
         these things when they feel safe?

           The Vong 'door' seems to roll up like a carpet upwards and
         over the top of the structure like some monster's tongue.  This
         allows the two to enter and the 'door' to slide back down toward
         the ground from the top of the outside roof. But both find the
         small 10 foot in diameter structure to be empty.  

           Inside the bowl structure there is nothing of great note. There
         seems to be a small pallet of some leathery thin material  It
         almost looks like a possible sleeping mat?  There seems to be
         a bowl like seen in other places that appear like bone material
         or some odd wood.  The two bowls are empty but likely used for
         eating and drinking.  The dirt floor shows sign of recent use
         and the smell is a bit odd like body odor and sweat.  These
         Vong seem to believe in little or nothing to living materials.
         But if they just wand them to sleep on the ground why cover
         them up?  Seems like a extra luxury.

           Ben'dar growls at the sight.  Z'leyra backs up and rushes to
         the next home in line.  She tapes the tan spot and opens it
         again to reveal yet another empty home.  This one seems to
         have 3 sleeping 'mats' and an assorted mess of dirty eating
         and drinking bowls.  Also seems to have a few bones from what
         could be animals eating or even people killed.  Z'leyra hopes
         it wasn't people but they seem to be finger or wing sized
         bones nothing large like leg or arm bones for humans.  

           Fremea sees the new chaos and grins a bit as she realizes
         the time is up.  When she sees the chariot move she decides
         it is time to move.  She flies past the others and trails the
         chariot up the side tunnel.

         [Time: 2:24:45 pm]

           The Merkabah's chariot drives up the ramp and into the
         large cavern above the tunnel.  The supernatural creature
         gives a strange noise as he is happy to leave that cramped
         tunnel area.  To see open sky or rather open cavern that
         could easily fill millions of his chariots all flying round.

           Fremea glances up to see the magnificent chariot fly
         straight up.  She laughs at humans who try to use magic to
         fly or even use magical items like carpets.  But to see the
         horses fly and the smooth flight of the chariot makes her
         a bit envious that some creature can do it with skill.

           Fremea casts a quick invisibility spell upon herself.  Lin
         can see her down the tunnel so can figure he'll warn the
         others of her leaving without notice.  

           Fremea then leaps to the air with her wings kicking up dust
         and debris.  She soars over the hole and quickly looks right
         and left.  She can see the bowl structures and the flyers.
         In a bit of rough angle some few hundred feet above her to
         the sides are the side caves.  But at this angle and distance
         she can't tell details.  It doesn't take someone as smart
         as Kaylle to know the flyers are the biggest threat not only
         to the chariot but to the party.  If anything if they flee
         with some Vong it could cause problems.  She quick turns to
         the east and flies toward the field of flyers. 

         [Time: 2:24:51 pm]

           Exiting the home both move quickly to the third.  As they
         do Ben'dar pulls Z'leyra's hands and whispers to her to look
         up eastward.  There both see the golden chariot under the
         reign of the Merkabah high in the sky zooming faster than they
         can almost even see.  In seconds it seems the chariot goes from
         the hole to the ceiling some 800' above their heads.  It must
         have been only 5-7 seconds!  Ben'dar wishes Tef'wo was that
         fast!  But Z'leyra yanks the barbarian toward the third home.
         When they start moving both realize they are moving at normal

           Z'leyra opens the 3rd home's 'door' and finally sees a single
         Vong warrior.  It is clear he is a warrior as his armor and
         amphistaff are seen.  The warrior seems to be sharpening his
         coufee dagger on his lap.  He looks up to see the door open
         but sees nothing.  

         [Time: 2:24:55 pm]

           Fremea reaches the field quickly and can see many of the
         Vong maybe a couple dozen scrambling.  They seem to be
         startled by the sudden appearance of the chariot. She can
         see Vong warriors running from the ladders or other spots
         to various flyers.  There are so many targets to choose
         from.  She can also see a few Brigaders as they are not
         prisoners since they are wearing weapons.  Fremea lands
         on top of one flyer and casts a new spell.

           Fremea smiles and pulls out her first arrow.  She draws
         back the bow string and fires the non magical.  But the
         second it leaves the bow the magic of her spell kicks in.
         The arrow immediately copies itself into 5 other arrows
         for a total of 6 arrows.  They all fire at the same general
         direction toward the Vong running nearby about 14 feet away.
         One arrow fails to hit.  But two arrows do severe damage
         while the other 3 do simple hits.  In total the Vong takes
         21 points from the 5 arrows.

           Fremea fires another bow and it duplicates again.  The
         six arrows fly toward the wounded Vong warrior.  One misses
         again but the others hit.  One bounces off his armor but
         the other 4 do damage.  Enough to kill the Vong.

           As others seem to notice the sudden appearance of 6
         arrows flying on top of one flyer Fremea takes to the
         air and plans for a new target.  She aims at another Vong
         moving toward one Flyer about 20 feet below her.  One
         fails to hit. Two arrows do hit but bounce off.  But the
         other 3 do hit doing a total of 18 points of damage.

           Firing again Fremea notices that 4 of the arrows seem
         to hit the ground.  The warrior is dodging.  But two
         of the others do hit doing 5 more points only wounding
         him further. 

         [Time: 2:25:10 pm]

           In the ten seconds leaving the hole the chariot reached the
         ceiling some 800' above the hole in only about 6 seconds.  It
         does a wide arcing lazy circle as there is plenty of room
         some 800 feet or more between the sides.  As the Merkabah looks
         and heads down in a rough angle he takes the time to scan
         the side caves that he passes.  But he sees the flying things
         the Balanced one spoke of.  He orders the horses toward the
         field of flyers.  

           Ben'dar grins and releases Z'leyra's hand in order to grab
         the two handed spear.  The Vong sees the sudden intruder and
         tries to roll to his side.  

           While Ben'dar, Z'leyra, Fremea and Merkabah are out and about
         having fun the others find themselves in a quandary of chaos.

           In the span of the last 40 or so seconds since Farseeker
         last spoke some voice their view. 

           Farseeker is eager to join as well, "I'm heading to the east
         flyer area.  We should split up."  He isn't sure where Ben'dar
         went left or right.  "Some east and some west."  It is clear
         he could leave any minute.  He hopes someone will offer some
         spells to go invisible.  

         Actions? Comments?

         Next Update....Monday...

         GM: Since folks didn't include direct actions those left
             below did nothing.  You will need to decide which
             side you go to.  If no one offers spells then you'll
             have to go in the open. I did this update in the span
             of 45 seconds (15 phases).  I may do the next in that
             span of time.  Once things get boggy with logistics may
             go a lot less.  But I did 45 seconds due to the distance
             traveled by those who left.  Keep in mind you will need
             to act in the last 38 seconds of this update to
             catch up.  Of course you will be in the tunnel.  But
             if you are to speak or do spells do them in that time
             frame and/or the next 45 seconds (so what 1.5 minute?).
             If no one posts direct actions you will remain under
             ground until actions are done.  Some may go ahead and
             flee like Farseeker and Caladan without quick action.
             I don't mean to push this but once Z'leyra left I have
             no choice but to get some support going for them. Even
             though they are not known location wise.

              Current positions -
                Merkabah Chariot - 500' up above hole
                  Overall map - D21 location roughly
                  Side View map - G12 (seen on map)

                Z'leyra/Ben'dar - inside home with 1 Vong
                  Overall Map - F11 location. 

                Fremea - Flying field, 20' above ground
                  Overall map - roughly E33
                Everyone else in tunnel where hole is or tunnel with
                  entry/treasure cave.
                  Overall map - F23 roughly under ground
                  Side view - Y map market coordinate O24

         GM: If no action or quick plan made in the next 1.5 minutes
             then Raban, Caladan and Farseeker will move out regardless.
             It is up to others to decide on their actions.  Don't
             want to act and send you to wrong area and blame me later. :)

         GM: Logistics will be a nightmare for this place.  I've come up
             with the fleshed data on the numbers.  I know where everyone
             is in generic terms.  On the ground floor though I need
             to flesh that data out more.  As result I can't say who
             is where in terms of Vong yet.  I will work on this data
             this weekend and can if needed post it or just do it for
             next update.  Those exploring the homes are now aware of
             previous exploration so it all may be repeated.

             Z'leyra - Do you have a plan on this exploration? After
               the first Vong is dealt with.  Spells may end soon
               inviso wise.  Any particular search pattern? You can
               use the map.  For example go up to row E then right
               to do those.  Then up to D and left and so on or
               go to Row G.  Etc.  Let me know.  You still have the
               others as well to consider and the ladders.  Assuming
               one can do 10 seconds per home (if combat) you could
               do maybe 4-5 homes in the next update if doing just
               the homes. Right now no data on who is nearby for
               the Vong.  I'll work on that this weekend. 

             Fremea - I did a quick version of the combat.  I didn't
               go into details of hit locations.  I will also work
               on what Vong is where EXACTLY this weekend so you can
               pick targets.  For now you can buzz around if needed.
               Will assume in air but if want to hop from flyer to
               flyer you can for better target practice. BTW I did
               EL0 for the inviso.  Forgot to ask in chat the EL. 

         GM: Minor error on last update.  Email lists as File#1367 but
             was 1368. Website and actual update itself shows correct one
             but not the email header.

         GM: Spells active

             Z'leyra -   Orient Self, Invisibility
             Fremea  -   Invisibility, Multiple Arrow
             Will    -   Armor Transmutation 

         GM: Mana report not updated on spells used. Should be soon
             or by next update.  If this is all still confusing let
             me know I can explain further.  I hope the maps are
             detailed enough to understand the 3d aspects.

         GM: Info on recon -

             Bowl homes - Upside bowls - 10 feet wide, 8 feet tall at zenith
                          Almost igloo shape.

             Overall map - North is top of screen /I\
             Scale - 1 Column = 20 feet
                     1 Row    =100 feet
             [Top View - from fake ceiling of cavern]

                            1         2         3         4         5
                A I%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%I
                B I%%%%%   X X X X                          %%%%%%%%%I
                C I%%%%% O X X X X               H H H H H  O %%%%%%%I
                D I%%%%%%  X X X X               H H H H H    %%%%%%%I
                E I%%%%%%' X X X X               H H H H H  '%%%%%%%%I
                F I%%%%%%  X X X X       U       H H H H H    %%%%%%%I
                G I%%%%%   X X X X               H H H H H     %%%%%%I
                H I%%%%% O X X X X               H H H H H  O  %%%%%%I
                I I%%%%%%  X X X X                            %%%%%%%I
                J I%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%I

         % = Rock wall
         X = Bowl Homes 10' at zenith height
         H = Vong flyers
         O = Raised observation post / tower 30' high
         U = Rabbit hole below this level is party's tunnel.
         ' = Vong ladder structure up

         Villagers say no caves are on the north and south walls.
         The caves starting 300' from this level are mid way or so
         on the wall along the ladder structures for entry.

             Mount Side View -
               Scale - 1 Column = 15 feet
                       1 Row = 50 feet  North=wall facing screen
             [Looking from one wall to the other wall.  Toward North
              wall with back to south wall.  Looking east/west.]

                            1         2         3         4         5
                  I###              Fake Vong ceiling             ###IA
                  I#                                                #IB
                  I#                                                #IC
                  I#                                                #ID
                  I#                                                #IE
                  I#                                                #IFCave
         Cave 1-> `#          C < Chariot                           #`G<-#4
                  I#                                                #IH
         Cave 2-> `#                                                #`I<-#5
                  I#                                                #IJ
         Cave 3-> `#                                                #`K<-#6
                  I#                                                #IL
                  I#                                                #IM
                  I#                                                #IN
        Mount     I#T                                              T#IO
        Ground --?I#]A_A_A_A_A_A_A_A__________________V__V__V__V__V[#IP
                  I                       Y<X                        IQ
                  I                      Z                           IR

             I = Rock wall, #=Vong ladder structure
             ` = Entrance to cave [open mostly]
             _ = Rock floor (Row P) ground floor
             A = Vong Bowl Home (10' high)
             V = Vong flyer
             T = Vong Tower (30' high)
             ],[=Base of Vong tower (wooden)
             X = Rabbit Hole opening 30' wide below cavern to tunnels
             Y = Tunnel of Treasure/Sentry cave (under ground floor)
             Z = Pit/Lake caves below elevation of Treasure cave tunnel
            1-6= Side caves on east/west walls

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