[pnpgm] Game upate #131b - File #489 - A new Mystery!

Scott Adams longshot at darktech.org
Fri Nov 3 08:37:41 CET 2006

  HT Alias/Player          Character Name    Type    Status/Notes  Sex
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  R3 Balrog................Balrog............Warrior.Normal/Human  Ma
  ?? Chris Wells...........Ben'dar...........Warrior.Normal/Human  Ma
  R4 Tom Crockett..........Caladan...........Wizard..Normal/Human  Ma
  R1 Marcel Liberty........Chion.............Sailor..Normal/Human  Ma
  W3 Ryan Torres...........Farseeker.........Warrior.Normal/Human  Ma
  W2 Sergi Sallent.........Jordi.............Wizard..Normal/Elf    Ma
  R4 Tim Falkenberg........Malradh ben Kasha.Merc....Normal/Human  Ma
  R3 Wayne Richardson/Uji..Thig..............Sidh MU.Normal/Faerry Ma
  Do Robert Maxwell........Strie'bog.........Artist..Normal/Human  Ma
  R3 Orion (Paul Broman)...Trembyl...........Wizard..Normal/Human  Ma
  W3 Wout Broere...........Unali.............Ninja...Normal/Human  Fe
  R3 Scott Adams...........Xian..............Wizard..Normal/Human  Ma
  W2 Alex Koponen..........Z'leyra...........Healer..Normal/Human  Fe
     Animals: Ventrius/Pogo Thig's dogs, Firesnake of Caladan's,
       Z'Leyra's Eagle, 2 Draft Horses, Wolf - Boyzdar
       6 Captured Zen'da Horses
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     Game Update #131a in sequence (file #489)
     Admin notes: Made some minor typos in Monday's update.  Opps.
     Oh well.  Meaning was still there I guess.....
     [New Stuff]

        Octaqi 30, in the 163rd Year [TH]
        [Meanwhile in Caladan's Village]
        [Day 60 of Trip]
        [Time: 7:00am]

        [The party begins to discuss plans on what to do with the castle
         as a whole.  The clear majority at this point seems to think
         it should be destroyed.  Some believe it should be burned
         but that could leave clues of its destruction.  But Trembyl
         reminds the group that there are only a few slits in the
         catapult sentry area for archers.  But Farseeker then
         reminds the party that smoke from torches and other fires
         have to vent through likely air tunnels so smoke would still
         get out.]

        [Chion wishes to find information including the shield power,
         and other orders or information.  Unfournately as previously
         stated the ink was spilt on his desk so some critical papers
         may have been destroyed.  But there are many scrolls in his
         bookcase.  Unfournately not one person knows how to read
         L'p'nth so it will take some translation work to do before
         any information can be learned.  All documents will likely
         have to be taken to learn that information.]

        [Chion turns to the old man and casts a communicate spell
         to talk to him as he nibbles on the food given to him.]

        GM: The spell fails in fact it fails abysmally.  Fournately
            no adverse effects from it. :)

        [Chion recasts the spell and starts talking again and
         the old man seems to understand him.]

        Chion: "Well, you're almost free. I do have a few questions
          for you. Number one is - if you could go anywhere in the
          world where would it be. Number two is - will you ever tell
          people what happened here? And number three is - what is
          your name?" 

        Old Man: "Free?  Your not here to kill me?  Go anywhere?
          I'm from here the mountains.  I've not left the mountains
          before so I don't know the world.  I'd wish to go home.
          Ma name is jef Olam.  I'm from a village 3 day's ride from
          here. I was captured by some bandits or something with
          the caravan I was in.  There were...others...twenty or
          so women and girls...and about thirty males.  Most of
          the males were killed but some captured and all sent here.
          I ...am...the last of the caravan.  My niece was raped and
          fed on by that monster I'm told. " [With disgust he
          turns away from his food and pockets it but doesn't finish
          it.  He knows better not to waste it but losing his desire
          for it he looks saddened at the memory.] "That was...when
          you got into the cell near me.  She was killed the day
          after you left.  Weren't you a prisoner?  Your not here
          to kill me?" [His eyes widen in hope] I am a tanner from
          my village and was on the caravan to sell our pelts and
          wares going east. Would I tell anyone?  Of this vile place?
          Yes!  I would tell them to stay away as its full of demons
          and evil men!" [His fists clench in anger] "I will warn
          my people away from this set of mountains forever!"

        [Thig casts his own spell to understand the conversation.]

        [Thig speaks in Marentian.]

        Thig: "I could force him to forget but eventually he would
         just recall something unless I plant a memory in him."

        Trembyl: "At his age though wouldn't that hurt his mind?"

        Thig: "It could.  I've never done it on a person his age."

        Farseeker: "Forget why?  Chion your not going to kill him
          are you?"

        [Chion hears the others and turns to the Jef  He
         explains the castle is now under his protection and
         the L'p'nth aren't welcome.]

        Jef: "Fine by me!  It should be destroyed. .." [He looks
          around the hall] "..the torture chamber was put right
          by the cell room.  We'd hear screams and other things
          all the time.  One night one of the girls who volunteered
          to be killed for that beast refused and changed her mind
          when she learned the truth.  They put her in that room
          and did things I'd never want to hear again.  We could
          hear men laugh and grown and come and go all night
          long.  As a demonstration of their power she was dragged
          in by her hair into the cell room naked and bleeding.
          To show that defiance wasn't tolerated they slit her
          throat and put her in a cell with another girl as rats
          somehow came in and fed on her right in front of her.
          It was weird as if the rats came out of the walls and
          other rooms ...about thirty of them.  It was strange."

        Thig: "Rats? I've heard vampire can summon creatures like

        [As the old man is questioned Z'leyra pulls off her Sheath
         and dagger and hands it out toward Unali.  She gives the
         dagger and sheath to her to keep.]

        Balrog: "Nice dagger!  But the magic would give me goose

        [When Z'leyra is done giving the dagger she concentrates
         on her internal strength and finds herself weak.  She
         might just be borderline casting a tongues spell.]

       [A quiet discussion is done on what to do with the old
        man.  Some feel he could just be let out with a horse
        and set on his way.  He doesn't seem old enough to
        be senile and get lost.  if he has lived her all his
        life he will likely be able to find his way home. Others
        think let him go with food.  Some consider spells like
        Thig but are unsure of the risk to him.]

       [Then talk goes to as what to do with the prisoners.  At
        least two might not be too clear cut evil.  One being
        the young stable boy and the cook might be innocent in
        the workings of the castle.  The other guards though
        are subject to the normal rules of conduct.  Some suggest
        taking to Marentia, killing outright, casting spells like
        compulsion or forgetfulness or mind wipes or take back
        to plains.  But in the end going to plains might just
        mean a quick death.  To the Marentian Farseeker suggests
        would just imprison them and lead to a lot of questions
        by the authorities on trials and evidence.]


        1. Destroy Castle, Burn it? Leave it?  Other?
           Balrog     Destroy         Ben'dar    Destroy 
           Farseeker  Destroy         Kasha      Destroy
           Thig       Destroy         Trembyl    Destroy
           Unail      Destroy         Xian       Destroy
           Z'leyra    ???             Strie'bog  ???
           Chion      Destroy, Salvage

           GM: Looks Majority wish to destroy the place

        2. What to do with Old Man?  Kill? Set Free? Other?
           Balrog     Set Free        Farseeker  Set Free
           Kasha      Set Free       Thig       Set Free
           Trembyl    Set Free       Xian       Set Free
           Z'leyra    Set Free       Strie'bog  ???
           Ben'dar    ???            Chion      ???
           Unail      ???

        3. What to do with Prisoners? Kill? Take to Marentia? To Plains?
           Cast spells on?  Other?
           Balrog     Release, No gear    Farseeker  Kill
           Kasha      Release, no gear    Thig       Release, do spells
           Trembyl    Release, some gear  Xian       Release, no gear          
           Z'leyra    ???                 Strie'bog  ???
           Ben'dar    ???                 Chion      ???
           Unail      ???


        [The castle had 77 deaths and 13 knocked out or taken
         prisoner.  There were 5 monsters (Ezam, minotaur,
         2 bullmen and pet tiger monster].  The Old man might
         be considered a prisoner.  If a teleport is going
         to be involved Chion would need to take 14 people.
         So in the end that's up to Chion's decision.]

        Trembyl: "Lots of treasure and weapons to take if we
          wished but in the end its up to Chion as to how much
          he can take back."

        [Chion pulls out the sapphire ring he found on Ezam
         and examines in the light.  From his hand the other
         metal object the pendant necklace hangs from his hand
         as well.  Xian turns from talking to Trembyl and
         stops talking suddenly.  Xian walks a couple feet
         closer and peers at the silver pendant.]

        Xian: "Where did you get that?"

        [Chion explains he got the ring from Ezam.]

        Xian: "No.  I know Ezam had that ring on.  But the
          pendant?  From Ezam?  May I see it?"

        [Before Chion can say yes or no Xian's voice cracks at
         the end and he grabs the chain.  It falls from Chion's
         fingers and into Xian's palm.  Xian pulls the necklace
         up to the nearest torch light.  The silver pendant
         glitters in the flickering light.]

        Trembyl: "Ezam had that?  Looks kinda cheap."

        Xian: "It is." [But he goes quiet and studies the pendant
          and doesn't speak for a full minute.] "But its not
          cheap its valuable in a sort."

        [Always eager for wealth Balrog speaks up.]

        Balrog: "In what way?"

        Xian: "In a personal manner only."

        Trembyl: "You've seen it before?"

        Xian: "Yes."

        Trembyl: "And?"

        [Xian lowers the chain into his fist and balls it and
         clasps his hand and turns to Trembyl.]

        Xian: "And what?"

        Trembyl: "Do you know who it belongs to?"

        Xian: "Yes." [He pulls the chain through his fingers and
          looks down at it then back to the old man as if not
          wanting to eye anyone.  With a low voice he speaks in
          a hushed tone.] "I know who made it and who it belonged
          to.  My dad made it for....my brother Timon."

        Trembyl: "The one you killed back on Clima?"

        Xian: "Yes.  That one."

        Balrog: "Couldn't it be just a copy or mistaken?"

        [Xian glares at Balrog.]

        Xian: "No mistake.  the design was made only by my father.
          It was given to me and my brother." [He reaches to his
          neck and withdraws a hidden chain and pendant this one
          with a blue tint.  He pulls it out and shows it as it
          dangles between his fingers on his neck. ] "See I have

        Trembyl: "How is this possible then?"

        Xian: "I don't know."

        Thig: "He was dead though.  We were sure on that.  You
          used that amulet to stop him and then stabbed him."

        [Xian puts his pendant back hidden in his robes and looks
         down in shame.]

        Xian: "I know...I killed him.  He was dead.  I saw the
          necklace dangle from his neck then.  He had it!  How
          it got from there to here I have no clue!"

        Trembyl: "Then it must be a copy?"

        [Xian spins around and anger flares in his face but then
         chills quickly.]

        Xian: "Its not a copy."

        Thig: 'So what are we saying here?"

        Xian: "I'm saying this is Timon's that's it.  how it got
          here I have no clue."

        Thig: "And your brother?"

        Xian: "He's dead."

        Kasha: "We should mention that we just took down a vampire.
          Could he have...been one?"

        Xian: "No..." [He ponders his memories] "But the last time
          I saw him in daylight...was...2 years ago when he
          kidnapped the king and killed our father.  But I've not
          spent time with him.  No.  He could've have been.  It
          was well past daylight when we took the last rooms in
          clima.  If he was a vampire he'd been tougher to take
          out and such.  So no. I'm sure he wasn't."

        [Xian pulls the necklace back up in his hands and in the
         flickering light.]

        Xian: "As to why Ezam had this I have no clue.  Maybe there
          was some vile magic involved."

        Trembyl: "But he only knew Chion he didn't seem to care
          about you and us just Chion.  If he had something for
          or against you he'd have spent some time on you?"

        Xian: "A mystery.  Mind if I keep this Chion?"


        GM: Next report will be the final Treasure report on what
          all is found.  This may help you make further decisions
          so you can hold off if you want till you see it.
          I hope to finish it but it might not be a day or two.

        Actions? Comments?

        Stay tuned for part 3 - Treasure if today or saturday.

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