[pnpgm] Game Update #99 - File #546 - Party enters portal
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Tue Dec 23 09:01:29 CET 2008
HT Alias/Player Character Name Type Status/Notes Sex
R1 John Haight...........Arawn.............Druid .Normal/Alfar Ma
?? Chris Wells...........Ben'dar...........Warrior.Normal/Human Ma
R1 Tom Corckett..........Caladan...........Wizard Normal/Human Ma
W2 Marcel Liberty........Chion.............Sailor..Normal/Human Ma
-- Tobie Bonahoom........Fremea............Sidh....NormalFaerry Fe
Do David Sanders.........Kiet.Sunan........Acrobat Normal/Human Ma
R? J H Hooten............Raban.Usherwood...Bard....Normal/Human..Ma
W4 Wout Broere...........Unali.............Ninja...Normal/Human Fe
R4 Alex Koponen..........Z'leyra...........Healer..Normal/Human Fe
Animals: Corona [Eagle] Z'leyra, Boyzdar [Wolf] (Strie'bog),
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Game Update #99 in sequence (file #546)
Admin Notes: Website links have been updated including: minor
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From Fremea: [Re: Actions]
Being that Fremea promised the elementals she would do what ever
it took to free them of the control spell, she flys through the
portal, with a little (tiny) light for her eyes to see completely
with. Her dagger will be out and her magic sensing at full.
GM: Ack. No need for light for Sidh. Good night vision. :)
From Kiet: [Re: Actions]
From Kiet: "I think the beings you described as Lion-headed
humans with vicious claws are Div or Dev...? There are stories
from my homeland of such creatures, and even some statues. These,
however, I have never seen...and fortunately didn't this time.
They are sometimes called upon to attack Lemasa's enemies, the
way one might call an avenging angel."
From Kiet: "Someone has to stay and keep watch over the prisoners,
or we have to take everybody with us. I'll volunteer to stay with
them...and I promise not to hurt them, unless they try to escape."
"I still think that A'kril would have worn something to control
the traps...so whoever goes should take along his sword, at least.
I doubt his armor would be of much use...or that it was the key,
because if you are going to work with items from your library,
you aren't going to be comfortable in heavy armor."
"Oh, and what about the woman prisoner? What do we do with her?
Bind, gag and head cover?"
GM: Ack. I moved this slightly out of sequence and out of place
but made it still valid.
From Kiet: [Re: Actions]
What everybody doesn't seem to realize is that's really a
disintigrator ring....it's how they disposed of their garbage...
<On a serious note...how DID they get rid of such things...and
how DID they get provisions...and from where and whom?> - Kiet
GM: Ack. Shhh..don't give my secrets away. How they got resources
will be solved likely in this update. But you forget they
had Gargoyles who could carry lots. As to garbage those
who explored the bathroom area saw magical waste dumps.
Waste in and poof magic waste gone. Likely same thing for
basic trash like food and such via kitchen.
From Ben'dar: [Re: Actions]
Ben'Dar shrugs and steps through the portal. Perhaps he'll
get a chance to see Lady Varo again.
From Raban: [Re: Actions]
<oops I forgot to post relative to portal> Raban looks over the
the small portal, "What happens if you bump into the edges? I
have to duck and step to go through or dive and roll, but I don't
want to accidentally break it."
From Arawn: [Re: Actions]
Arawn studied the portal, walking around it if possible, and
studying both the portal and the room it was located in for any
markings or clues. He watched as Fremea and Ben'dar prepared to
step through and decided to speak up before they travelled to the
"I am interested in seeing what lies on the other side but a few
things concern me. First, if the elemental prison is on the other
side we still have the potential dilemma of locating a safe
landing zone for the cloud-island not to mention possibly having
to steer it there. Second, we do not know what lies on the other
side of the portal. It could lead to open space or some other
potentially dangerous area. Might I suggest that the party allow
one person to step through the portal, someone possessing the
power of flight, to serve as reconnaissence and report if it is
safe to cross through. The other suggestion is that whomever stays
behind try to study the map and figure out how to steer this
thing in case it becomes an issue."
GM: New 2009 Dwarf contract made this week. When I had to rehire
one of them back even though they are slaves (they work for
beer, salad and bags of pretzels) they demand contract points.
One of those points is the usual jokes they like to spread
around in their attempt at good cheer. So pardon me while I
oblige with the contract. They think they are funny but they
tend to be drunk most of the time. Could be worse my Elf
employee could give jokes.
Q: Why do Mummies like Christmas so much?
A: Because of all the wrapping!
What do you get when you cross an archer with a gift-wrapper?
What goes Ho, Ho, Swoosh, Ho, Ho, Swoosh?
Santa Claus caught in a revolving door.
GM: Now assuming your still here we'll move to the update...
[Ma 2nd, 1633TH. 5th Day of Adventure #4.
[Location: Chaos domain, Dark Lands, 9 Miles up, Flying Island]
[Moments before while Caladan and others exchange information with
Z'leyra and Kiet in the Courtyard...]
[When the Lion creature is described Kiet yells up over the wind
Elemental's hourglass noise.]
Kiet: "I think the beings you described as Lion-headed humans with
vicious claws are Div or Dev...? There are stories from my
homeland of such creatures, and even some statues. These,
however, I have never seen...and fortunately didn't this time.
They are sometimes called upon to attack Lemasa's enemies, the
way one might call an avenging angel."
[That seems to confirm Arawn's knowledge and based on the Summoning
room it seems the female called upon these creatures. If they
wanted her dead before Raban got there they would have easily. that
may mean she isn't as nice as she looks.]
[Time: 12:11 pm]
[Inside the dark room lit only by the Portal the group decides
who will go through and who will stay. Some go around the portal
and see the same thing they do from the front. The Sidh look
around but find no other magical auras, signs, runes, symbols or
anything else but flat stone dusty walls.]
[The party sees Caladan come back quickly and that indicates there
isn't a time difference like one might expect from a Interworld
Portal or at least what they have heard of such. Raban knows
nothing of such things but has heard stories of people walking and
simply disappearing. Ben'dar at least has seen such a portal once
on Clima. The small group wait and see if Caladan suddenly becomes
a frog, dies or simply faints. But a minute later nothing seems
to happen to him. So the portal must be safe at this point.]
Arawn: "I am interested in seeing what lies on the other side but a
few things concern me. First, if the elemental prison is on the
other side we still have the potential dilemma of locating a
safe landing zone for the cloud-island not to mention possibly
having to steer it there. Second, we do not know what lies on
the other side of the portal. It could lead to open space or
some other potentially dangerous area. Might I suggest that the
party allow one person to step through the portal, someone
possessing the power of flight, to serve as reconnaissance and
report if it is safe to cross through. The other suggestion is
that whomever stays behind try to study the map and figure out
how to steer this thing in case it becomes an issue."
[Fremea knows time is running out and the party has a history of
arguing things that could waste precious time. If the Wizard with
the snake can do it so can she. She draws her dagger and wiggles
her ears for full sensory alertness. Then standing near the portal
she simply thrusts herself off the ground and flies through. What
little room there is for wings its more a jump than a full
flight into the portal.]
[Ben'dar shrugs as the others discuss what is on the other side.
Ben'dar wonders why not just go through and see! He recalls the
time he met Lady Varo and from that came Tef'wo. That was a great
time and maybe this will be better. Without much hesitation he
steps through the portal next.]
[Raban looks at the portal with a confused look and wonders how
a large person can get in much less step through.]
Raban: "What happens if you bump into the edges? I have to duck and
step to go through or dive and roll, but I don't want to
accidentally break it."
[Raban ambles up to the portal and circles it twice. A 8 foot
person can get into a 4 foot hole. Sure but his back is as
large as a barrel. He wonders if maybe stepping backwards
and ducking is easier. Ducking and missing something is easier
than ducking and not. He backs up and his big behind shakes
at the portal. He attempts to lift his large leg and step
backwards but gets off balance. He stands and shimmies up to
it again. A slight giggle is heard from Caladan but Raban
ignores it. After a second attempt Raban growls and then
gives up. he turns and faces the portal and thinks maybe
he could just fly through the hole. But then if he bounces
on the edges and slams into the wall he might be sleeping
for awhile. Knowing that Fremea could be in danger he growls
slightly and shifts his gear not to hit the edges when he
tries to step forward. As he does he suddenly feels hands
on his back and they shove. Instinctively he ducks and
his legs react and the next he steps through the hole.]
[Caladan sneezes and steps away from where he pushed Raban
through the hole.]
Caladan: "I'll stay here and inform the others. I'm a bit
allergic to the amount of dust or something in there."
[With that Caladan walks back into the Navigation room.]
[Arawn glances at Unali and Chion who remain in the room and
studies the portal a bit more. Fremea seemed to take his
suggestion and just step through without much of as a worry.
No auras seemed to flash when the others went through maybe
that means they aren't zapped. Being an Alfar portals like
this isn't uncommon. Such exist for Middle to Lower and
Upper to Lower and more combinations therein. But those lead
to time fluxed areas. Caladan came back instantly but how far
in time was he gone then? He seems the same so maybe it
was instant. From outside Caladan yells in.]
Caladan: "Don't worry I'll check this place out a bit more and
the map. First I'll go secure the woman and inform the others.
I have a feeling you'll need to help Fremea."
[Chion stands smirking. First at the thought of Raban mooning
the portal - if only something had come out and taken a bite.
But also that Arawn the brave Elf seems hesitant. Lady Varo
didn't help him out much. He doesn't expect to see much of
[When Arawn checks the back of the portal out, Unali steps through
without saying a word. Arawn notes this and sees no difference
from behind just the black of the portal hole itself. He wonders
if this portal will lead to a slide or to ancients. Arawn then
considers Caladan's words. There was no more magic to be
found on the controls. The problem is turning a wheel left or
right might do what? There has to be some connection. Some
other control link in the chain. A ship's wheel leads to pulleys
which lead to other devices to the keel. All are links in the
overall control. A ship's wheel by itself does nothing. What
is the missing link here? Caladan may be right with Fremea.
She is eager and inexperienced and can lead to drastic actions
that could endanger everyone. Now that Raban is gone his rash
actions could be hard to deal with as well. To help control
them maybe he should enter. Arawn glances at Chion and knows
he has no influence over Chion. But at least the other 2 he
might be able to convince. Arawn circles the portal, shrugs
and steps through.]
GM: A brief intermission as the party wonders if they'll survive.
What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire?
Why are Christmas trees like bad knitters?
They both drop their needles!
What did the bald man say when he got a comb for Christmas?
Thanks, I'll never part with it!
[Meanwhile down below on the first floor Kiet and Z'leyra have
returned to the hallway. They stand near the door and discuss
the situation. A half minute later they hear Caladan yell from
the balcony area. They open the door and he informs they have
found some kind of portal and most of them have already entered.
He is staying behind for now. Caladan asks if they wish to
join the others through the portal?]
Kiet: "Someone has to stay and keep watch over the prisoners, or we
have to take everybody with us. I'll volunteer to stay with
them...and I promise not to hurt them, unless they try to
[Z'leyra glances at Kiet and she notes he means it as a joke but
some serious ice comes from the undertone and she knows he
means that as well. Z'leyra finds it ironic a man who seeks to
entertain many sees the need to interrogate and possibly torture
others. A confusing double life to her Healer's instincts.]
Kiet: "I still think that A'kril would have worn something to
control the traps...so whoever goes should take along his sword,
at least. I doubt his armor would be of much use...or that it
was the key, because if you are going to work with items from
your library, you aren't going to be comfortable in heavy
"Oh, and what about the woman prisoner? What do we do with her?
Bind, gag and head cover?"
Caladan: "They already went through. I'll be doing that to her
in a minute. She isn't not gagged now but will do so in
a minute. I'll come get the sword if they need it."
[Caladan walks out of sigh and Kiet grumbles. Not liking his
suggestion ignored so lightly. Kiet feels it is a good thing.
So does Z'leyra, both head back to the main room to get one
more look at the items. Soon after checking the prisoners both
find themselves in the wrecked main room. They find the items
and examine them. Z'leyra ensures there is no runes or symbols
on the inside of the armor or bottom of the hilt that might be
missed the first time. But after a minute nothing else is
found that wasn't found the first time. Kiet begins to get a
urge to leave and heads to the bathroom. Z'leyra checks the
dead bodies once more for clues.]
[A minute later Kiet exits the bathroom with and notices the armory
door is open. Before it was partially explored it was cracked
open. Kiet glances down the hall and notices dust floating in
the hallway. The broken window where Corona exited before is
still open. Kiet takes a chance and looks into the room but no
fire comes forth. He quickly waves a hand and still nothing.
Soon a foot, nothing and finally he stands in the doorway. He
notices the crates and boxes are a bit messed up as if a tornado
hit the room. Then he glances at the window. The Glyph must've
just been in here or recently looking for whatever he was looking
for. It seems the wards are gone. At least the fire one.]
[Z'leyra exits the room and returns to the hallway where the
prisoners and Ipanza are. She is surprised how quickly trustworthy
the barbarians seem to have gained. They seem honorable and not a
false prisoner as some suspected. They could've easily have
killed the prisoners and escaped at least twice now. But they
seem to be in desperate help of the party that set them free. She
notices one barbarian is at the west window opposite the one
broken. She turns to look for Kiet and notices him down the hall
near the armory. She gets his attention and he joins her at the
window. There the man holding a sword points out the window north
and right of the window. Z'leyra looks and notices a slab of stone
about 8' by 8' it seems. Kiet takes a glance and then both look at
the barbarian. he then raises a hand up and down, left and right.
He points at the slab and then repeats. Unsure he figures some
way to convey his message and looks down and points at Corona
and then gestures again. Z'leyra figures he must mean flight or
movement. Kiet also guesses out what he means.]
Kiet: "Z'leyra...I think he's trying to tell us there used to be a
bird statue out there, and now it's gone. If you want to
investigate, I will watch the prisoners from here...and these
Ips too, especially the one that pointed out the pedestal."
"I also recommend a spear or other weapon capable of fending off
a flying creature."
"I would come with you, but someone trustworthy needs to watch
these people. If you decide, however, that my judgement is
overly cautions, I would be more than willing to join you at
"I am sorry to say I do not have any. I am somewhat skilled in
the use of javelins, but I have none. I was expecting to use my
spells for that...but I am drained. I have no skills in bows or
[Z'leyra checks her greatsword, staff and then grabs her sling.
She hands it and some projectiles to Kiet in case she needs
coverage. She summons Corona and he exits the window first after
it is pried open. It seems to have stayed shut for a long time.
Corona heads up to the roof and waits. Z'leyra then steps outside
and checks around. The storm is now moved on and way out west. It
can be seen faintly in the west and up. She then realizes it is
higher and that confirms this place has fallen a bit. To the west
is a grove of small trees about 8-10 feet in height only. most
are thin but bushy and tall knee high bushes splatter the area.
If there are more creatures out there she sees none. The fog that
was around earlier is gone. it is still cool but not freezing.
The wind is still active but not gale force. She looks south and
the tree line is south west but due south is the castle wall and
open terrain. North is castle wall and horizon. That strange
barrier lights seen earlier indicates to her the edge of this
place is north. So the castle must be on the north east part of
the island. The tree line is a good 200 feet away, giving plenty
of time to see things coming. Z'leyra feels better also knowing
backup is near. The west wall is flat stone clearly weathered
by wind, rain and erosion. It is dotted by the first and second
[Z'leyra turns right and walks the 20 feet or so to the slab of
stone. She thinks to herself it would be ironic for the gods
to kill her now. A flying limb, rock or grasshopper to the eye
could kill her. To die like that rather in some blazing spell
action isn't right. She stops about 10 feet from the slab and
notices grass around it is haggard. In place it is bent in
every direction. That likely indicates it is not a secret
tunnel but a simple slab. She notices glints of something on
the four corners of the square stone. Getting closer they
glint in the sunlight. They appear to be gems. She notices
along the wall is also a square box set into the wall itself
but at ground level. It appears to be a foot wide and high.
The box has a lid like structure and a lock that sits into the
stone itself. She tries the lock and finds it locked.]
[Z'leyra asks Kiet if he has the keys and says no they went with
the others. She inspects the stone box and sees the lock is
on the right side. She uses the base of her staff to chip
a bit of stone off. Nothing happens. No monster. No magical
ward. She tapes again and harder. More stone comes off. She
continues to smash the left side of the stone box. Soon a hole
is made and she can peer inside. She peers inside and it is
dark but notices a lumpy thing. It doesn't attack or zap her.
She continues to chip at the hole until it is a few fingers
wide and peers inside. She breaks the hole more off after
a full minute and finds the contents to be a simple leather
cap of some sort. She sticks her staff in waits a second or
two and nothing happens. She then picks the cap up after a bit
of trying and brings it outside the box. The leather cap seems
to have a chin strap.]
[Z'leyra grabs the cap and examines it. It has the same symbols as
the slab. She notices the barbarian is knocking on window and
pointing to the cap. He pretends to gesture with his head like
to wear it then points to slab. He then points to sky and then
gestures as if moving with his hand. Z'leyra gets the idea it
has something to do with the slab obviously. Z'leyra examines
the gems and can't figure out their type or quality other than
they are large and inset into the stone. Z'leyra walks back
and shows Kiet the cap. Being a master jeweler she has never seen
such gems. But then again neither has she for the door gems that
seem to maybe activate the shield. The runes and symbols and
gems are the only thing on the slab. She notices the area is
ridden with footprints showing recent activity. They are all
around the slab and then lead to the south likely to the main
door. The runes and symbols she hasn't seen before but they
seem to be ones that fit in that blue tome found in the library.]
[As the group explore past the portal Caladan checks out the room
and the illusion map. he is fascinated but not so surprised.
Being around Trembyl and Woundenal illusions are nothing new to
him. Woundenal even had a book that would show such things for
creatures in full three-d views. It only took the mage 5 years
to create the book. He runs his hands along the sides and
under the oak table. When he rounds the back to the west wall
he notices a drawer inside into the table. It must've been
missed first time. He opens it and notices two sextants which he
has seen before on ships. he also notices 3 spyglasses. One
seems quite unusual with markings and symbols. He draw it
out and examines it. He walks over to the window and tries
to pinpoint a cloud with his eye. It must be miles away. He
then raises it to his eye and it comes about half the distance.
He then places his fingers on the symbols and suddenly the
cloud enlarges to mere feet it seems. Detail and layout are
seen. He then figures the spyglass has some Sight spell
enchanted on it. Could be useful for observation. He returns
to the table and runs his hands further along the rim. Then
he notices some bumpy surfaces and they are gems. Looking
around he experiments and taps one. The map changes ever so
slightly. After about three minutes he figures out the controls.
It seems he can enlarge and zoom out the map and rotate it. He
grins to himself and plans to tell the others when and if they
return from the portal.]
GM: Still curious about portal? Well too bad. If I have to
suffer with these jokes so do you.
Where did the mistletoe go to become rich and famous?
What do vampires put on their turkey at Christmas?
Who is never hungry at Christmas?
The turkey - he's always stuffed!
Whose Christmas parties are full of screams?
[The group emerges quickly into a dark, dank, cool area. From
first and immediate glances it is a cave or rock room of some
sort. Fremea has already figured out the roof, floor and sides
are natural rock. Either it is a natural cave of some kind or
carved out by hand or magic. Knowing A'kril it could've been
magic. Once eyes adjust the only dim light is the portal rim
itself. The roof here is 11-12 feet high. Raban checks his
neck from emerging from the tiny hole. He knows now how that
large cow can exit that small hole at birth. Awkward at best.]
[Arawn glances for magic but finds nothing but the portal. He
then feels his empathic contact with the glyph is still active.
That tells him he isn't on another plane. That alone is evidence
this area is somewhere on or in the island. But then he realizes
if he can sense him maybe the glyph can as well. Knowing the
duration will end soon anyways he shuts down the contact so the
Elemental can't find them. It would do no good to have an angry
elemental here. The group begins to move out as soon as everyone
seems to have come through. Caladan was right this place is
dusty and moldy. Some give a slight cough or sneeze from it.
The sidh don't seem so bothered by it. Arawn puts his face
wrap around him to prevent the dust and mold from getting to his
[Moving forward about 8 feet the group turns right about 45 degrees.
Then walk another 8 or so feet. Then turn left. Facing before
them is a large cavern. It must go back 60 feet long and only 14
or so feet wide. The second thing the group notices is the glow
of red and green everywhere. On the roof and walls the glow comes
and the party soon realize it is lichen of some sort that is
giving off the light.]
[The firs thing notices is a large creature lying on the ground
in the center of the cave. The creature, no a man it seems,
lifts its head up. It seems to be laying on a stone pillow
of some sort. Its ears are pointed and its skin is silver.
From the look of the body it appears to be seven feet maybe
more tall and little over 200 pounds of flseh. It has a tiny
nose but no mouth. Another feature immediately notice is no
hair on its head. It is dressed in a smelly, tainted, very
tattered old looking gray robe. He stares at the party.]
[Around the head comes another figure. Arawn and the others
are shocked to see it is a Elf! This one looks taller than
Arawn and a bit gaunt as if from age. It holds a tall spear.
This Elf glares at the party.]
[The next thing noticed is the tall man on the ground with the
ears has a thick collar device on. It glows yellow and can
be seen. But to the sidh it glows also red and orange with
magical aura. Around the man's wrists and ankles are smaller
versions of the same device. On the chest of the man hangs
a glowing blue amulet. It glows blue to normals but to the
sidh it glows a dark purple aura.]
[The party glance at each other and wonder what they have stumbled
upon. There is no good room to hide in this place and once you
got past the corner it was wide open. Suddenly the entire group
feels a tingle in their head and some draw weapons. The sidh
sense no magical auras approaching.]
"He is dead then?"
[Each member of the group hears that in their head in their
[then the Elf speaks in Elf Sidh.]
Elf: "Who are you?"
[Time: 12:15 pm] - For everyone
GM: Slight trivia fun with Arawn. Figure it out?
GM: See admin note on website links (top of update).
GM: Chion - Since not posted wasn't sure if you joined them or not.
I left it open. Let me know ASAP.
GM: I had done the outside part with Z'leyra in ICQ and Kiet
GM: I had forgot about the details on the spyglass. So did it
above to get that out of the way. The controls would've
been found eventually. So did that as well. Same thing
with the armory wards. They seem to be gone as far as Kiet
can figure out.
GM: Thought you could leave this update? Not so fast. They
have a couple more.
Why was Santa's little helper depressed?
Because he had low elf esteem.
An honest politician, a kind lawyer and Santa Claus were
walking down the street and saw a $20 bill. Which one picked
Santa! The other two don't exist!
Ok. That last one was actually good. :)
GM: Ok. Enough of an update for now. since no one has posted
they didn't want a update or were out of town. I'll do
a small update to answer questions or comments on Friday.
I work Friday but can do it Wed night/Thurs night. It
likely won't have NEW stuff but can answer minor questions
or reply to comments. But we'll see.
GM: Oh and to all MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Legend - North /|\
1 Row = 2 feet
1 Column = 2 feet
% , ° = Solid wall or earthen rock
[Portal Second Room]
1 2 3 4 5
%% %%%% %% % %% %% B
%% O %%% U B E %% C
%% %%% %% A SSSS %% D
%%%%%%%%% %% F SSSS %% E
%%%%%%%%% R % %% F
%%%%%%%%%% %% %%% %% G
% is cave wall. O is portal. Portal area elevation is
about 5 feet taller than the other section. So going
down to other section is rock/stone natural steps.
Party Locations -
A - Arawn - D20 [Above Map - Facing East]
B - Ben'dar - C23 [Above Map - Facing East]
C - Caladan - Second floor, Navigation room
H - Chion - ???
F - Fremea - E20 [Above Map - Facing East]
K - Kiet - First floor South Hallway
R - Raban - F22 [Above Map - Facing East]
U - Unali - C20 [Above Map - Facing East]
Z - Z'leyra - First floor South Hallway/Outside
- Corona - Roof outside
E - Elf - C40 [Above Map - Facing West]
S - Man ??? - C/D 34-37 [Laying down, head raised, facing west]
Prisoners - First floor South Hallway
Barbarians - First floor South Hallway
Wind - Courtyard hourglass
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