[pnpgm] Game Update #254 - File #1508 - The Throne Room

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   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 #254 in sequence (file #1508]

      Admin Notes: None.

         From Z'leyra: [Re: Actions]
           Z'leyra will see if her boots have another charge of Speed in
           them to make her move faster.
         GM: Ack.  Looks like cast 4 Speeds magically.  But none via the
             boots.  So yes.  Since this was only a check will assume it
             isn't cast.

         From Arawn: [Re: Actions]
           Lifting a hand to urge the Outcast to keep back Arawn ...
         GM: Ack.

         From Kell: [Re: Actions]
           Ha'Kell looks around slowly, very subdued.  He hefts...

           "Let's chat with this arrogant shaper, then kill them ...
         GM: Ack.

         From Fremea: [Re: Actions]
           Fremea casts invis on herself (Max EL) and begins to fly to
           the opposite side from where she is, just in case they fire
           anything at her position. She will then see if there is anything
           way for her to fly into the cave and use her special dose to
           help take out the main shaper.
         GM: Ack.

         From Kiet: [Re: Actions]
           Kiet soundlessly snarls at the insolence of theses Vong.
           Surrender, indeed!

           To the rest of the group he says, "We've come this ....
         GM: Ack.

      [New Stuff]

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

          [Time: 3:24:05pm]

            With only minutes left in the spell blocking the Brain to
          end the party is now welcome like a long lost friend.

            Lifting a hand to urge the Outcast to keep back Arawn tried
          to gauge the party's reaction, whether they planned on speech
          or battle. Keeping behind the front line he did his best to peer
          into the chamber and surrounding area with his Mana Sense in a
          search for any anomalies that would hint at hidden Vong or their

            Arawn can tell quickly the reaction from most of the party
          members is disgust and disappointment.  But he watches Unali
          intently for her reaction as she is leader.  But finding no
          expression the Alfar peers into the cave.  From the slant of
          stairs that block the majority of the cave it is impossible
          to see anything but the Vong at the entrance.  At least
          at the entrance the three Vong there do not seem to be with

            Ha'Kell looks around slowly, very subdued.  He hefts the
          spear in his hand ready to throw it and his other spear, then
          be backup with his tulwar.  The half-elf volunteers to be the
          second wave and backup as he's feeling rather light headed,
          tossing spears and spells and keep anyone from escaping.

            "Let's chat with this arrogant shaper, then kill them all.
          If they give the control we can take it, otherwise, well,
          whilst talking sounds interesting we are out of time."

            Kiet soundlessly snarls at the insolence of theses Vong.
          Surrender, indeed! To the rest of the group he says, "We've come
          this far, so lets finish it!  I know I won't be surrendering to
          creatures that can enslave people as no man has been enslaved
          before. Death to these damned Vong!"

            The Outcast looks at Kiet and shrugs ever so slightly.  To
          himself he finds the human a strange waste of space.  How
          could these beings fight among themselves for such mundane
          things like wealth and power.  While these humans seem to
          reflect on their gods they do not seem to be centered to
          these gods.  How can they fight like that and not for the
          glory of the gods?  Even yum-Hurla the great Trickster
          himself would be disgusted by it.  The outcast looks to
          Arawn and whispers.  "Surrender is honorable.  Even the
          Warriors obey that rule.  If they promise not to kill
          you till you hear them out they will do as they say."

            Raban steps up the steps and past the Outcast.  He
          has heard enough and decides time is fleeting.  He
          pushes past the front row and walks toward the Shaper.

            The Shaper herself with her large gray bony ridged
          head perks up at the approaching Giant.  But she simply
          watches and nods.  She backs up a feet and waves to
          her guards to back up.  If she had a eyebrow on that
          hairless skull she would raise it like she has seen the
          Brigaders do.  But she turns at the whispered words from
          the enemy.  Vong may not have hair but their hearing is
          exceptional and she heard every word.  But she shows no
          expression or reaction.  She simply turns and walks back
          into the cave and walks to the side.  The guards follow
          and reach the side of the entrance.  Then they back up 5
          feet from the entrance to give the group out of range.

            Farseeker shakes his head the enemy knew they were
          coming but that doesn't surprise him.  Since Kiet's magical
          recon was done exactly a hour ago the Vong may have known
          they were coming.  Maybe it was the Brain that detected
          them and let them come.  But why not such a heavy counter
          attack if so?  Sure the group killed over or around 400
          Vong in the last hour.  But surely they could've done
          more with this time? Maybe they do see honor in a well
          skilled force. He looks to Ben'dar and realizes even
          the Zen'da sees his merit recalling back to the old
          Marentian-Zen'dan wars of past years.  The Vong may
          be vile beasts but even the military man can see
          that even in enemy honor should be tolerated.  He holds
          down his great sword in one hand and moves past the
          others to follow Raban.  He glances back to see if
          the others follow.

            Unali's stomach rolls a bit. Something is very wrong
          about this situation.  She has been where the insane
          leader of some force wants to go on a ego trip and explain
          his great evil plan.  It seems the gods do like thier bad
          guys to be cliche.  Even in Clima or Ezam's castle the
          bad guy seemed to thrive on reporting their plans.  Yet
          this still seems odd.  But she knows the surprise is over
          and likely knows all about the group.  She decides to
          listen to the bad guys.  After all it will give the group
          time to study the enemy rather than one large assault
          that gives seconds of observation.  With one dagger in
          hand she moves toward the cave after Farseeker.  She
          sheathes the magical dagger for now until it is time
          to use it to sense for danger.

          [Time: 3:25:00pm]

            The party passes the threshold of the cave entrance.
          Wary of the Vong guards.  The group notices a fine
          mist of sand and dust seem to fall upon the group.  A
          slight breeze is felt as the cave seems to be a catch
          for a wind tunnel intersection.  The dust seems to
          pepper the group on their shoulders.  Some feel it
          must be Fremea flying overhead knocking dust off the
          ceiling of the entrance roof.

            The party moves silently but defiantly toward the
          Vong inside.  Those on the sides watch the guards nearby
          but they do not seem to be on a offensive stance at
          this point.  They are simply staring and standing.

            Though all in the party went forward the free Outcast
          did not. The last who noticed this was Z'leyra, Lin
          and Will. It seems the Outcast who is likely dead on sight
          or a traitor does not want to be known be helping the party.
          But the group knows he is no threat as he has no weapons.

            The group takes in the dusty and dank cave.  The ceiling
          is 30 feet high and Fremea invisible now is hovering somewhere
          around the 28 foot level waiting.  There are a series of
          wooden torches that line the walls that light the cave up
          brightly.  From the looks of the cave walls there is no
          other way out.  There doesn't seem to be the tunnel that
          leads to the outside like in the above cave.  At least that
          is not seen.  So that means the party now blocking the
          way in is now guarding the only way out.  This means the
          party knows this will end here one way or another.

            There is three things of note in this cave that catches
          the eye right away.  The first is the slew of Vong that
          are in every direction.  There are 15 warriors or so
          in every direction.  These warriors seem a tad taller
          and meaner looking.  In fact their leathers seem a darker
          block and there is a arm ribbon that seems to denote them
          as some elite or special force.  Their amphistaves that
          are held at the ground going up seem about 2 feet longer
          than the normal warriors.  In fact some of the amphistaves
          seem taller than the warrior who holds it  Their necks
          shine the crab armor that is exposed at the neck line.
          but what is different the two eye stalks that seem to
          jut out are a color of green not red like the others.  The
          overall bulk of these warriors also seem to be about 30-50
          pounds heavier and 1-2 feet taller.

            Two Shapers are in the cave both wearing the headdress
          that allows them to monitor and control things or just
          as a show.  The one that came forward to invite the
          party is wearing a floor length gown with a purple
          blotches that must denote her of some rank.  She is
          simply standing with hands at her side.  The other
          Shaper to the left is near some humans.  She has a Orb
          on her shoulder and is staring with arms folded on her

            There are three Voxyen six-legged dog-beasts as well.
          One is near the Shaper that invited the group in.  The
          other two are besides the Shaper with the Orb on her
          shoulder.  All three seem different with thicker sides
          and sides as if a extra thick mane or fur is there.

            There are four Brigaders in clear uniforms that denote
          them as what could be high ranked ones.  All have swords
          in sheathes at their belt.  They are stoic looking but
          it is unclear if they are here to help or by force  They
          do seem to be waiting on the situation to finish.

            There are three prisoners in front of a pit.  One has
          their back to the ground.  But the other two are facing
          the group.  They are gagged and their arms are bound.
          They are showing signs of abuse by bruises and cuts.  They
          are only a couple feet from the pit itself.  A single
          warrior stands behind all three.  It is clear that he
          could easily push any or all three into the pit.

            The other big thing in the room is the pit.  From the
          angle of the party it seems to be 10-20 feet deep.  It
          is dark and hard to see below.  It is 20 by 30 feet in
          a round-oval like shape.  It is clear these Vong do
          enjoy their pits.  To Fremea hovering above invisible
          she can notice there are spikes going up from the ground
          that can impale those thrown in.  From her angle she can
          also see a half dozen human bodies in various states of
          decay or mutilation. Most are whole bodies but there are
          various body parts like a arm or a leg or a hand.  Carrion
          bugs seem to be eating the rest of the remains.  The pit
          is only 30 feet due west of Unali and Farseeker.

            Some 90 feet from Unali due west is the only piece of
          furniture that is in the room.  It is clearly the throne
          which clearly makes this a Throne room.  The throne is
          a large slab of coral that looks painful just to sit on.
          Around the sides and top or arm rests are pale human
          skulls.  There must be a dozen or so skulls around the
          throne itself which makes sitting among them looks ghastly.

            There are two warriors to the left and right side of
          the throne standing guard.  There are two more one left
          and right a few feet in front of the throne.  Sitting on
          the throne has to be the Vong leader.  He is a bulk of
          a Vong that looks to be 2-3 times the size of a normal
          warrior.  His skull alone is twice as large as Raban's
          own skull.  His arms could put a giant's arms to shame.
          He is clearly heavily muscled looking around 250-300
          pounds of all muscle.  On his right arm a stump of a
          coral mass is there.  It seems to have replaced his
          right hand with this coral mass.  The round mass is
          as large as a human head and ends with a coral point
          that could piece metal if it so wanted.  It is unclear
          if the point could be adjusted or if its unable to move.

            Supreme Commander Shimara is wearing thick leathers that
          could withstand a arctic storm at the worst time of the year
          and keep him still warm.  The leathers are the typical brown
          and black colors of the warrior caste.  On his shoulders
          are three spikes that jut out forward, upward and to
          the rear of his shoulder.  On his feet is is wearing
          spiked boots which could use to kick or impale any who
          backtalk.  He does not seem to be wearing any weapons
          on him but his thick leathers are hard to peer through.
          His sunken eyes are black orbs that seem to show only
          malice and arrogance.  When he grins a lot of his teeth
          have been filed down to shards that could piece a turtle

            At his feet a Outcast is lying on the ground under his
          spiked boots.  The Outcast is in a fetal position and is
          staring at the party.  He is wearing only ragged and torn

            The Shaper that met the group speaks up.  "The Supreme
          Commander wishes to welcome you.  He has been quite impressed
          by your skills.  But it has been time to stop the attacks
          as it has disrupted our plans.  You only delay us briefly
          but we will still conquer this Empire then the world.  If
          you surrender now most will be given quick deaths that
          are honorable ones.  A few may be tortured or sacrificed
          to the Gods for our great glory to come.  Simply drop
          your weapons and we will end this now."

            A moment passes and the party's eyes shift back to the
          throne when a loud slam is heard.  The Supreme Commander
          has slammed his coral hand onto the throne making the
          cave echo from the sound.  The Outcast seems to giggle
          and laugh and point at the party.  This is when Shimara
          kicks the Outcast and stands.  "Shut up Omni." As he
          stands he towers at 8.5 feet tall.  He even seems to be
          taller than Raban though not as heavy.  He stands in
          front of the throne.  "Surrender and others will not

            At that the warrior pushes the left bound prisoner into
          the pit forcing her to be impaled in her chest and neck
          killing her instantly.  Then the warrior turns to the middle
          one and turns him around.  That is when Unali gasps.  The
          man eyes Unali and his eyes grow.  He shakes his head and
          starts to fumble at his bound hands.

            Unali can't understand this!  How can Wengang be here a
          prisoner of these creatures.  How could his brother be so
          caught easily?  Then Unali notices the man's fingers are
          giving a sign.  "Kill them!  No mercy."  He signs to his

            To the party though no one knows their relationship.  The
          warrior raises a hand and shows that just one quick push
          and the man will be killed in the pit.  The warrior grins
          and shows the excitement of another death.

            "Nom Amor may have been our best agent.  But his agents
          found that you were tracking us for some time. He learned
          of your ....family.  It was only one day ago we captured
          him and flew him here.  We suspect your weak emotions
          will see to the true way.  Reason with us and he'll live.
          Fight back and he will surely die as well the Empire."

            When the Supreme Commander finishes he stands and
          waits for a reply.  The party doesn't notice that the
          shaper has pulled out something from her belt.  A simple
          subsonic hand whistle.  She strikes the instrument and
          sends out a wave of energy in every direction.  Instantly
          Arawn, Raban and Unali start to feel sick.  Arawn falls
          to his feet unsure what is going on.  Raban remains standing
          but seems a bit dizzy.  For Unali she is standing but her
          knees are weak.  As if she was punched in the stomach.

            The Shaper speaks.  "Voxyen and Orbis effects.  I suspect
          one of you has been bitten recently.  That is a plus for us.
          But for Unali we learned that Nom Amor in his death stand
          spit a slew of Quiven from his artificial eye.  The tiny
          creatures can't be detected.  They are inert until activated
          by this.  Soon in minutes you will be dead.  For the other
          two the Voxyen poison will not kill you but you will be
          greatly reduced."  The Shaper smiles and realizes that
          taken down 3 of the party is much better than just their

            Raban can't understand what is going on.  he was cured
          of the poison long ago at the carnival grounds when he was
          bitten.  Could there still be some lingering effects the
          magic could not fix?

          [Time: 3:26:00pm]

          Actions? Comments?

          Next Update....Friday....

          GM: Ran out of time tonight.  Was going to do a few
              more minor things.  But brain power is low.  Rather
              end it here.  I will be taking this slow.  So I will
              only do reactions for next update.  So take time and
              if needed plan it out.

              I added a couple Vong (maybe 2-4 ) on the map below.
              But I forgot to add their coordinate.  If they move
              I'll update their position.  But for now you can see
              the symbols and who is where.

              My quick math is about 16 warriors, 2 Shapers,
              3 Voxyen, 4 Brigaders, 2 Prisoners, 1 Outcast
              and 1 Commander vs 15 of you.  Hmm. That does
              seem like a fair fight.  Guess I could add a dozen
              other warriors? :)

          GM: Spells active

              Will      - Armor Transmutation, Mind Shield
              Raban     - Bless (OCV)
              Farseeker - Bless (OCV)
              Arawn     - Bless (OCV)
              Unali     - Mind Shield
              Kell      - Whirlwind*
              Fremea    - Mind Shield, Invisibility
              Z'leyra   - Mind Shield, Bless (Con)

              * = Soon to end (next update?].  I may NOT post this
              info unless I remember to do so. :)

          GM: Maps

    * Throne Room
      Ceiling of cave is 30'
      Cave opening is 25' wide, 12' high

          1         2         3         4
%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%/      A   %% = Rock Wall
%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%\%%%%%\__    B   [= = Skull throne
%%%\__/  \__/  \__/  \__/  \__/  V%%/  \__ C   Pit = 10' deep
%%%/V \__/  \__/  \__/  \__/  \__/%%\__/   D         20' wide
%%%\__/  \__/  \__/  \__/  \__/  \%%/  \__ E
%%%/  \__/  \__/  \__/  \__/  \__/%%\__/   F                 Facing
%%%\__/  \__/  \__/  \__/  \__/  \%%/  \__ G  A=Arawn     [O34] West
%%%/  \__/  \__/  \__/  \__/  \__/%%\__/   H  B=Ben'dar   [N34] West
%%%\__/  \__/  \__/  \__/  \__/  \%%/  \__ I  C=Caladan   [P34] West
%%%/  \__/  \__/  \__/ V\__/  \__/%%\__/   J  H=Chion     [Q34] West
%%%\__/  \__/  \__/  v__/  \__/  \%%/  \__ K  F=Farseeker [F31] West
%%%/  \__/  \__/  \_S/  \__/  \_V/%%\__/   L  R=Fremea    [M25] West
%%%\__/  \__/  \__/  \__R  \__/  \%%/  \__ M    28' hovering, Inviso
%%%/V \__V  \__/ /\__/  \__/  \__B  \__/   N  K=Kell      [W34] West
%%%\V_/  \__/  \/P \ \__/  \__/  A_T/  \__ O  T=Kiet      [T34] West
%%%/[=1__/  \_P/ i  \/  \__/  F__CW \__/   P  R=Raban     [S31] West
%%%\[=/2 \__/VP\ t  /\__/  \__U  HL /  \__ Q  U=Unali     [W31] West
%%%/V \__/  \_P/\  /_/  \__/  \__TZW\__/   R  W=Will      [P35] West
%%%\V_/  V__/  \_\/  \__/  \__R  N%%/  \__ S  Z=Z'leyra   [R35] West
%%%/  \__/  \__/  \__/  \__/  \__/%%\__/   T  L=Lin       [Q35] West
%%%\__/  \__/  \__/  \__/  \__/ V\%%/  \__ U  G\Gan       [O36] West
%%%/  \__/  \__/  \__/  \__/  \__/%%\__/   V  W=Wizard    [R36] West
%%%\__/  \__/  \__/  \__/  \__/  \%%/  \__ W
%%%/  \__/ vv__/  \__/  \__/  \__/%%\__/   X
%%%\__/  \__/SHH__/  \__/  \__/  \%%/  \__ Y
%%%/  \__/  \_HH  \__/ V\__/  \__/%%\__/   Z
%%%\__/  \__/  \__/  \__/  \__/  \%%/  \__ aa
%%%/  \__/  \__/  \__/  \__/  \__/%%\__/   bb
%%%\__/  \__/  \__/  \__/  \__/  \%%/  \__ cc
%%%/V \__/  \__/  \__/  \__/  \__/%%\__/   dd
%%%\__/  \__/  \__/  \__/  \__/  \%%/  \__ dd
%%%/  \__/  \__/  \__/  \__/  \__V%%\__/   ee
%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%/  \__ ff
%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%\__/   gg
          1         2         3         4

   1 = Shimara Supreme Commander [P7]
   2 = Omini Outcast  [Q8]
   V = Vong Warrior   [C5,C34,J24,M34,N10,Q14,O5,
   S = Shaper         [L21, Y14]
   H = Human Brigader [Y15, Z15, Y16, Z16]
   P = Prisoner       [P15, Q15, R15]
   v = Voxyen         [K22, X12, X13]

   Pit = 20' wide by 30' long.  Pit is 10' deep

          1         2         3         4
%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%/      A   %% = Rock Wall
%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%\%%%%%\__    B   [= = Skull throne
%%%                              V%%/  \__ C   Pit = 10' deep
%%% V                             %%\__/   D         20' wide
%%%                               %%/  \__ E
%%%                               %%\__/   F                 Facing
%%%                               %%/  \__ G  A=Arawn     [O34] West
%%%                               %%\__/   H  B=Ben'dar   [N34] West
%%%                               %%/  \__ I  C=Caladan   [P34] West
%%%                    V          %%\__/   J  H=Chion     [Q34] West
%%%                  v            %%/  \__ K  F=Farseeker [F31] West
%%%                 S           V %%\__/   L  R=Fremea    [M25] West
%%%                     R         %%/  \__ M    28' hovering, Inviso
%%% V    V                       B  \__/   N  K=Kell      [W34] West
%%% V            P \             A_T/  \__ O  T=Kiet      [T34] West
%%% [=1       P/ i  \         F  CW \__/   P  R=Raban     [S31] West
%%% [= 2     VP\ t  /         U  HL /  \__ Q  U=Unali     [W31] West
%%% V         P \  /             TZW\__/   R  W=Will      [P35] West
%%% V    V       \/           R  N%%/  \__ S  Z=Z'leyra   [R35] West
%%%                               %%\__/   T  L=Lin       [Q35] West
%%%                             V %%/  \__ U  G\Gan       [O36] West
%%%                               %%\__/   V  W=Wizard    [R36] West
%%%                               %%/  \__ W
%%%        vv                     %%\__/   X
%%%          SHH                  %%/  \__ Y
%%%           HH       V          %%\__/   Z
%%%                               %%/  \__ aa
%%%                               %%\__/   bb
%%%                               %%/  \__ cc
%%% V                             %%\__/   dd
%%%                               %%/  \__ dd
%%%                              V%%\__/   ee
%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%/  \__ ff
%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%\__/   gg
          1         2         3         4

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