[pnpgm] Game Update #76 - File #633 - Arawn readies group

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    Character Name   Type       Player        Sex           Notes
..Arawn...........Druid...John.Haight........Ma..Alfar/Backup Navigator
..Raddok..........Miner...Bess Hadley........Ma..Human/Miner
..Unali...........Ninja...Wout.Broere........Fe..Human/Dagger Maiden
..Z'leyra.........Healer..Alex Koponen.......Fe..Human/Shaman/1st Mate
..Brutto..........Sailor..Npc................Ma..Sailor #1
..Finn............Sailor..Npc................Ma..Sailor #2
..Ardrackle.......Sailor..Npc................Ma..Sailor #3
..Zepp............Sailor..Npc................Ma..Sailor #4
..Corona..........Eagle...Npc................Ma..Companion to Z'leyra
..Zol.Zim.........Wolf....Npc................Ma..Zehani Wolf/Ix's Friend

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         Game Update #77 sequence (file #632)

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            From Arawn: [Re: Actions]
                 I've listed the details that 
Finn went over along with notes from Raddok. If 
anyone has anything to add or questions please post:)

                 - Why did the fomorians travel so far north for dwarves??

                 - Captain Khias demise... I 
think we'll need to have a good story on why/how 
I became the replacement to hopefully avoid suspicion ?

                 - Where are the dwarves destined??

                 - Qamon Velf is the guide and 
was to have been met 2-3 weeks ago at the Fuzzy 
Dice Inn? (although have Scott also mentioned a 
tavern called the Green Serpent) ?

                 - Tal-kor company are believed 
to be the  mine owner - Genar Hargath and Yotan Jelatoni

                 - company employees had been 
removed from the area due to Kotothi creatures? 
Did they suddenly appear from below??

                 - 2 known mines?

                 -  A Divine Vision spell 
produced the following:   "The heart leads to 
long term trauma while the mind relies on 
daunting ambition. Which can lead to old meeting new and new meeting old."
            GM: Ack. Fomorian Empire spans the 
world.  But its a lot of small nations. For 
Vahear its dead center of Empire.  Sail mostly 
west and Rogizini to deal with and that's 
bad.  Sail east Ceruleans and Bhamotin.  Further 
north Clima in the Sea. So the best bets are 
Bhamotin and Marentia/Ba'ru for the least 
risk.  It is implied dwarves to be delivered to 
Vahear.  From there who knows.  Guide/Inn on 
Fuzzy is correct sorry after my crash last year I 
lost those notes so redid the inn name. 
Thanks.  The Kotothi creatures were way in a diff 
mine not this one in question. No evidence to the 
same here.  That was just Raddok dealt with.  Hope this helps.

            From Dorhak: [Re: Actions]
                 "Lass, will you be willing to leave your magic bauble behind 

            GM: Ack.

            From Dorhak: [Re: Actions]
                 "Well, do we know that Khias was 
Fomorian or was he just working ...
            GM: Ack.  Good stuff.

            From Dorhak: [Re: Actions]
                 Dorothea will basically wear his 
clothes, boots, and belt.  All of his other 
belongings remain at the ship, except "Can any of you figure out a 

            GM: Ack. I'll mark this as gear taken.

            From Dorhak: [Re: Actions]
                 Dorhak makes his comments about 
his things (HIS things!) but this brings up some 
thoughts.  Magic has many uses, as these humans 
show.  It's not just power, but creates ways to 
do things that normally cannot be done.  For the 
first time he wonders about what his future could 
look like with him being able to make magic 
items.  His main motivation lately has been just 
trying to create a name for himself that 
overshadows his given name that cannot be 
spoken.  He determines to consider plans for this.  And soon.

                 The Runemasters.  Dorhak had 
never really thought about entering their ranks 
before.  They were all holding so much importance 
and prestige in the clans, and so much 
respect.  His own station and training never 
seemed to make that even a dream, let alone a 
goal.  Now, perhaps, just perhaps, he might be 
able to make some moves in that 
direction.  Dorhak considers himself fortunate to 
be of a long-lived people.  Such a goal might actually be possible.  But how?
            GM: Ack. Good post.  How? Probably 
apprentice to a master and see if have any level 
of skill.  Not every being can gather magical 
power so it'd have to be tested first.

            From Arawn: [Re: Actions]
               When the question of Khias's heritage came up Arawn turned 

                 "Any idea if he was indeed Fomorian?"

                 OOC:   Scott, did the papers 
mention if the dwarves were supposed to be 
delivered to Tal-kor or just the agent?   If I 
recall Tal-kor was just a company mentioned, 
though worth looking into. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
            GM: Ack. Correct both Mournath and 
Raddok heard Khias speak Fomorian.  To be 
delivered to Agent in the small town on 
Vahear.  It was semi implied it was a wide 
ranging Merc call (hopefully for Fomorians) to collect dwarfs.

            From Raddok: [Re: Actions]
                 [People - I am sending only you 
this update, but it is basically a Spoiler Alert 
for my 2nd novel.] [You can use whatever you need 
to, Mr GM, but if possible, perhaps Raddok could 
share this information - in privacy - with Arawn, 
Dorhak & the other ship's officers. I know that's 
an ironic statement - lol. If anything can be 
left out of the actual next update I would 
appreciate it. But use it all if you want - 
Raddok feels they are chasing after a red 
herring, so he had to share his backstory. (and 
that you CAN say in the update – lol)]

                 UPDATE #76 re: Mission Update -  Raddok
            GM: Ack.  I included it all.  As it 
may or may not apply.  Just 2 things. Vahear is 
too far to be near Sea of Tears 
technically.  Second you may be 
 oddly on the right track in many ways. :)

            From Z'leyra: [Re: Actions]
                 Z'leyra answers Dorhak, "It 
would be really handy if the spell 

            GM: Ack.

            From Z'leyra: [Re: Actions]
                 Upon being asked to leave her 
enhanced chalcedony behind Z'leyra frowns, then 
responds, "If absolutely vital I shall, but I would MUCH prefer ...
            GM: Ack.

            From Z'leyra: [Re: Actions]
                 Z'leyra offers to play as the 
quiet female bodyguard type for this trip 
onshore. This will allow her to have her chain on 
under her cloak and to have her various weapons, 
mostly concealed under her cloak.
            GM: Ack. This post was actually first but extracted it later.

            From Fremea: [Re: Actions]
                 Fremea sat listening to all the 
back and forth on what to do. 

                 Fremea does make an offer 
though, "I can transmute some paper, 

            GM: Ack.

            From Arawn: [Re: Actions]
                 I'm guessing that this is a 
continuation of the conversation that takes place 
on the 1st (for mana purposes)

                 "The  answer might be storing your gear in my bags. 

           GM: Ack. A good suggestion.

           From Arawn: [Re: Actions]
                 "They're large bags and have a 
larger capacity and also reduced 

                 OOC:   Scott, let us know if 
shields and the like will be a problem.

                 "Is the mouth of the bag large 
enough to allow a large shield to
            GM: Ack. Problem in what way? Ok.  I 
see for some reason I missed Dorhak's speech 
above on shields.  I don't see it on archives or 
I missed it.  Bags like this retain shape so If 
you put a man inside its going to be 6 feet 
long.  So the bags can carry shields/weapons but 
would look as it long mace or such.  But this is common so its not a big deal

            From Arawn: [Re: Actions]
                 "If she keeps well enough away I 
can glamour cord to look like 
            GM: Ack.

            From Dorhak: [Re: magic stone]
                 “Well lass, I’m not going to force anything on you, but I 

            GM: Ack. Hmm you say Kiet offers a ward? Did I miss another post?

            From Z'leyra: [Re: Stones]
                 Z'leyra accedes to the request 
to leave the chalcedony behind and spend a bit of 
time finding a good hidey hole to conceal it in.
            GM: Ack.

            From Raddok: [Re: Actions]
                 [OOC: question sent to GM about 
Arawn's question, for general lack of information 
on P&P website - giving Raddok's best answer for 
the moment; this may change per GM]

                 Raddok considers Arawn's 
question, and thinks back. Finally, he shrugs his 
shoulders. "Slavery - I don't know. I didn't see slave markets on the 

            GM: Ack. Based on my culture project 
– culmagic.txt file it is flagged as N.  Either 
neutral or none.  Law society but as you point 
out they have a high snob level so I agree.  Its 
not public but it could be a form of 'hard' indentured work.

            From Fremea: [Re: Actions]
                 Fremea will protect the necklace 
for Z if she would rather and then the illusion 
is done for this, she can make sure Z gets it back as soon as possible.

                 (OOC, if it was not clear, 
Fremea takes all her stuff as usual)
            GM: Ack.  Figured your go bag is small. :)

            From Pyan: [Re: Actions]
                 Pyan remembers having this problem before  and says "Ah ha! 

            GM: Ack. Heh good one.

         [New Stuff]

         [Ma 1st, 1636TH]
         [Time: 7:40 pm]

            Arawn sums up the conversation so far.

            Dorhak turns to Z'leyra, "Lass, will 
you be willing to leave your magic bauble behind 
that cancels illusions?  If not, then we will 
have to make some trick shackles, and I doubt 
anyone here has much in the way of locksmith 
skills, nor materials to make new shackles."

            Upon being asked to leave her 
enhanced chalcedony behind Z'leyra frowns, then 
responds, "If absolutely vital I shall, but I 
would MUCH prefer to keep it on as it helps 
protect me. Instead I would offer to take care to 
keep at least ten feet from any illusion that you 
wish kept up, as that it the range at which the chalcedony dispels them."

            "If she keeps well enough away I can 
glamour cord to look like chains. Otherwise 
Fremea or myself can transmute cord into chains 
or vice versa - we can dispel the magic if the 
former. Or use real chains and I can invoke an 
Open Prison spell.  But we might not need that, 
at least for our meeting with the mining company."  Arawn interjects.

            "Well lass, I’m not going to force 
anything on you, but I think our best option for 
us Dwarves is to use the illusion 
shackles.  Kiet’s solution to making the spell 
repeatable with the ward is a good one, and 
frankly I don’t wish to be chained, especially if 
unarmed.  Anyway, from the way I see it, you have 
two choices.  Leave the bauble behind and come 
along as a guard, or keep it on and join Fremea 
and Unali.  Standing off over 10’ away would be, 
well, very odd and I think they would 
notice."  He looks over at her, his face showing 
as if he were passing a stone, and says simply, "Please?"

            Z'leyra accedes to the request to 
leave the chalcedony behind and spend a bit of 
time finding a good hidey hole to conceal it in.

            Brutto stands shaking his head, “no 
offense but how do you guys get stuff done? This 
is all so over complicated.  Over thinking.”  He heads to the stairs for sleep.

            Looking to Raddok Arawn asked, "Is slavery legal here?"

            Dorhak turns to the group to judge their response.

            "Well, do we know that Khias was 
Fomorian or was he just working for them? Either 
way, I figure they wanted to be as far away as 
practical so that Vahear doesn't gain a 
reputation for doing things the way, say, Clima 
might do, raiding places for slaves."

            "I think the best 'story' to tell is 
just that us Dwarves figured out what he was 
doing and set a trap for his party.  He didn't 
make it, so our pseudo-replacement", (nodding 
toward Arawn) "is now in charge of that 
group.  Khias was unlucky.  Now that they have 
their dander up, it's not going to be possible to 
get any more dwarves for their scheme."

            "We only were told where to deliver 
the dwarves, or how to meet the contact.  Asking 
about where they are being sent would raise 
suspicion.  We should be able to simply follow 
them.  between Unali, Corona, and Fremea, I think 
we won't lose them, er, me, er, us."

            "We should keep us Dwarves out of 
sight on the ship until the 'group' can find this 
contact at either of the two joints (Inn and 
Tavern), though someone is going to find us a keg 
of Vahear's finest ale while we wait.  This would 
also give you people time to look up the mine 
owners afterward and contact them about their 
infestation problem.  Maybe there would be 
mercenary fees to be had by cleaning them 
out.  Probably some of those damnable goblins..."  He spits on the floor.

            Brutto looks at the spit and opens 
his mouth, its bad enough a sleek deck can be 
dangerous in itself, but the sailor remains quiet.

            "Anybody want to comment on the 
meaning of the 'vision'?  Just babble to me."

            "I am most comfortable with being 
'tied up', where the bonds are easy to release 
but firm enough not to accidentally fall off if 
one of us is abused.  then simply use your famous 
magicks to make them seem like metal shackles."

            "Can any of you figure out a way to 
bring my arms and armor?  Seems like we have more 
than enough magic ability here.  Perhaps some of 
it can be held in Oblivion?" (looking at Z'leyra)

            Z'leyra answers Dorhak, "It would be 
really handy if the spell worked like that...but 
unless you have some living entity holding the 
objects that doesn't mind missing out on events 
and trusts that I will be able to bring them back 
as planned the spell doesn't seem to vanish and bring back objects. Sorry."

            Pyan remembers having this problem 
before and says, "Ah ha! Catch a live squirrel someone, Z'leyra had an idea!
Not 100% sure that this would work without 
something living, so we get  Dorhak's gear. have 
then next to each other and the  squirrel tied 
and somewhat wrapped around his items." He then falls over laughing.

           "The simplest answer might be storing 
your gear in my bags. They're enchanted to reduce 
encumbrance. If an emergency arises you can claim 
them from there or I can translocate them out of 
the bag if need be, possibly even on you if the 
situation permits.”  Arawn speaks to Dorhak,  “I 
doubt we'll be searched but I can claim that 
they're to be sold if anyone asks."

            Dorhak replies to Arawn, "Is the 
mouth of the bag large enough to allow a large 
shield to pass?  What about weapons?  Is the bag 
tall enough to hold them?  The bags may reduce 
weight but it’s not like the bag is bigger inside than out...or is it...?"

            "They're large bags and have a larger 
capacity and also reduced weight. So, yes, 
they're bigger on the inside than they appear. 
The largest capacity is a bit more than double 
the size of a large sack with the others being a 
bit more than half as large again. We'll just 
have to make sure items are properly wrapped to avoid punctures."

            When the question of Khias's heritage 
came up Arawn turned towards Mournath and Raddok, 
both of whom had spent time sailing with the man.

            "Any idea if he was indeed Fomorian?"

            As Dorhak continued with the plan the 
Alfar nodded.  "Sounds like a plan. I can 
disguise myself as one of the Fomorian soldiers 
traveling with Khias with little trouble.”

            “I'll mention the contact, to see if 
they're aware of him. If they do I can see if 
they know if he's still in place or moved 
elsewhere as we're past schedule. And, if Unali 
and Fremea find a way in they might be able to 
see if more than the two mines exist.”

            “As to the vision, I think that might 
reveal itself in time. I have a feeling it's a 
bit early for us to figure this out unless one of 
the dwarves might have an idea.”

            “And I can help with the locks, 
either through illusion or real shackles opened via magic."  Arawn concludes.

            Raddok is torn. He had promised 
silence about the matter, but now his new friends 
might be at risk if they ventured too far. He had 
to speak up, although it might only make things more confusing.

            So, in response to Arawn's request, & 
for the benefit of the others he said, "I can 
tell you something about where those creatures 
came from, but it's breaking a promise I made, 
along with my party in the mine-clearing 
job.   The mine near Vahear is the Tal-Genarth 
Mine. It is only a year or two old - still being 
developed. As far as I know, there was no 
infestation problem there, but that was several 
months ago, of course. The village for the 
workers & their families was still being built. 
The infested mine was on the far side of the 
island, north of Innanadan, the Tal-Yotani Mine." 
He thought of what they had discovered, deep 
within a natural cavern discovered by the miners, and had to repress a shudder.

            "Again, there was no problem at the 
mine near Port Vahear, other than the usual small 
injuries occurring with the development of a new 
mine. Both mines had silver and gold, and even 
scattered small colonies of gemstones. These two 
mines were both profitable and a guaranteed life job for their workers.

            "The Tal-Yotani Mine had been started 
over twenty-five years before, and had been a 
steady profit-maker, again with good-grade gold 
ore, some silver & gemstones, even good areas 
promising decorative quartz. However, when the 
miners broke into a natural cavern, about six 
months before the infestation, they unwittingly 
became victims of a very strange attack.

            "Not at first, but one day, a couple 
of weeks before we were hired, there was a sudden 
influx of goblins, yes, and a few days later, 
larger creatures started to show up. The miners 
fought as well as they could, along with their 
small security force, but were forced to flee as 
numbers of the beasts and beasties rose. The 
miners were not trained to fight, and picks and 
shovels can only do so much. They retreated from 
the cavern, drove as many of the creatures back 
inside of it that they could, and closed the doors to the rest of the mine."

            Seeing surprise around him, Raddok 
explained, "All the major mine tunnels had 
lockable connecting doors, very sturdy. The 
owners were naturally cautious & experienced 
miners - they knew there was a real risk of 
breaking into a hidden underground spring or 
river. And, although their mines were above sea 
level, mines tend to run deeper and deeper the 
longer they are productive. Water under pressure 
can flood a mine quickly, and it's also hard to 
tell when they might reach sea level - the Sea of 
Tears was less than four miles away - underground 
pockets of seawater were always a risk."

            "So they always built strong, sturdy 
doors at both ends of connecting passages between 
the main tunnels - before serious digging began. 
That is why they were able to confine most of the 
beasties inside the mine, although some escaped 
and caused havoc, requiring removing all 
employees from the site, except for a small 
security force to manage the main entrance gate."

            Raddok was finally able to explain 
his real concern - the source of the Kotothi 
invasion. "What we found, at the very far end of 
the cavern, was a strange & massive-appearing 
door, looking like it was made of iron - or some 
strong metal - with a bluish light leaking around 
all its edges. It was nearly ten feet tall and 
about six feet across, and it was terrifying. We 
felt a strange energy from it. The elf in our 
party called it a portal - a portal stronger than 
she could make, or any of the mages she had known."

            Raddok sighed. Our group leaders 
ended up calling in a high priest consultant - he 
was indirectly connected to the Temple of Potah - 
and this priest teleported in to examine it. He 
then called in one of the top priests of the 
Temple, and while waiting for him - we never saw 
who it was; we were all ordered to leave. But 
what they did was set up what they called a 'ward 
pact trap' to temporarily stop any more 
incursions from the other side - wherever it went.

            "The last thing I heard, as we were 
packing up our gear to leave, was that they were 
hoping that the trap would work long enough for 
creatures on the other side to learn that coming 
through the door was going to get them catapulted 
ten to twenty miles out to sea - an unpleasant surprise.

            "My point is this - what is strong 
enough to create a portal, lasting for weeks 
without any apparent loss of strength, that the 
top priests of a Temple of Balance cannot close? 
I don't think ordinary men are involved with that.

            "That's truly ALL I know, and I hope 
I haven't offended Potah's priests," he quickly 
made a hand gesture of placation. "But, again, 
this was across the island a few days away as the 
crow flies, but nearly a week away by road and 
cross-country. The mines were over 30 miles north 
of the cities, and I'm pretty sure the one at 
this end was about 50 miles north of Port Vahear, 
through mountains most of the way. And this setup 
here just doesn't feel like the same kind of situation."

            I just don't see that importing 
non-natives to work mines - especially in Vahear, 
and especially a non-human race. They value 
themselves above anyone else, especially other 
races - my apologies, Captain," and he nodded to Dorhak.

            Ardackle looks up semi bored by all 
this, “if they want dwarfs wouldn't it make sense 
they need dwarfs to do something humans can't?”

            Fremea sat listening to all the back 
and forth on what to do. She wondered if she 
should speak up on anything, but really didn't 
have any ideas that would help out, so she stayed 
silent. One thing she could agree upon though is 
that she would definitely be better off as a 
silent scout and watcher for when the action was 
needed rather than with the party directly. She 
thought it would be interesting to disguise 
herself as a dwarf, knowing she could get the look of one, but never the smell.

            Besides if she did that, she would 
not be able to have any of her things with her, 
so being unseen is much better. Of course she 
will have to be careful too and make sure she is 
watching Unali's back at the same time, though shouldn't be too difficult.

            Fremea does make an offer though, "I 
can transmute some paper, or a plant into looking 
like shackles that can even make the right noise 
for shackles, but would be easy to rip off or 
break out of. That way no one would mistake them or see through them."

  Raddok considers Arawn's question, and thinks 
back. Finally, he shrugs his shoulders. "Slavery 
- I don't know. I didn't see slave markets on the 
streets while I was there, but I don't know how 
crimes are punished there. I do know their king 
presides over trials in Fomoria, & I know a 
priest of Enki presides over trials in the 
colonies like Vahear, but I don't know what 
punishments he decides upon for what crimes. I 
was too busy avoiding the attention of the 
military and security forces, and got along okay 
by being polite to everyone I met. I generally 
met with working folk, and had no experience with 
the upper class. It wouldn't surprise me if some 
form of slavery or servitude could be a 
punishment for certain crimes, but again, I saw no public slave markets.”

            Raddok continues, Their attitude of 
superiority over all others does seem to suggest 
that slaves might, hmm - may be, possible. But 
not obvious to visitors, like my friends that I 
made there - none of us talked about seeing 
slaves. And I would have remembered that, I'm sure."


         [Ma 3rd, 1636TH]
         [Time: 10:35 am – Directly off coast of Vahear]

         Actions? Comments?

         Next Update...Sat/Mon

         GM: Wow.  About 19 posts.  Tried to 
finish Monday but tons of posts and same for 
Tuesday.  So finally done.  So looks like we have 
a plan.  This update is big enough without doing 
new stuff so I'll just move us to shore next 
update.  Its already 9 pages.  So either if I 
have time Saturday will finish or Monday.  I wold 
try Friday but too early since this is late.  If 
no gear note given as below will assume take 
every item with you.  Sorry its not more but I 
figure best to get this out first and its big.

         GM: Notes -

                 Arawn – As leader of 
group.  Dressed with a face cowl for ears? If 
Dorhak stays on ship who goes to shore initially? 
Though guide may be upset waiting for the slaves after weeks of waiting.
                 Dorhak- So shackles are 
illusions.  I assume a guard can carry your 
stuff.  Oh you are staying on ship right? If they 
waited months making them wait for dwarfs might upset them. :)
                 Fremea – if not being a dwarf 
you tag along with Unali or in air or 
such?               Z'leyra – Stone in ship.  Confirmed.

         GM: Gear info given
                 [No weights needed can be just 
important items – weapons/armor or a book or such 
but no need to say taken spoons. :)]

                 Raddok  Given
                 Pyan            Given
                 Arawn           None Yet
                 Dorhak  None Yet
                 Fremea  Take all gear
                 Kiet            None Yet
                 Mournath        None Yet
                 Unali           None Yet
                 Z'leyra None Yet
                 Barbosa None Yet

         GM: Landing party roles

                 Player          Role
             Arawn               Fomorian spokesman??
             Dorhak              Prisoner
             Fremea              Scout/Trailer
             Ix          Stay on ship since npc now
             Kiet                Guard
             Mae         Stay on ship since npc now
             Mournath    Chief Sailor for Arawn's ship?
             Pyan                Guard
             Raddok              Aide to Arawn?
             Unali               Trail behind for sentry
             Z'leyra             Guard (though 
female guard is unusual)/Consort?
             Barbosa             Prisoner
             Sailors             Stay on ship

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