[pnpgm] Game Update #72 - File #589 - Z'leyra looks into the past

Scott Adams longshot at cybermax.net
Tue Feb 16 08:53:49 CET 2010

  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
  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
  Do.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
  R1 NPC...................Shu.Yeoh..........Wizard..Normal/Human..Fe
  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, 

  Cover Story Info: [HD- House member, F-Foreigner, N-native non house]
     Arawn      aka Arawn         as Teacher to daughter [F]
     Ben'dar    aka Bu Da         as Horse expert        [F]
     Caladan    aka Ca Lu         as Guard/Archer        [N]
     Chion      aka Capt. Chu Mai as Sailor Trustee      [HD]
     Farseeker  aka Fu Sa         as Guard               [F]
     Fremea     aka Lin Mong      as Noble child         [HD] [Disguised]
     Kell       aka Swan          as Trader              [F]
     Kiet       aka Kiet Sunan    as Zhou's servant      [F]
     Raban      aka Toban Nu      as Entertainer/Guard   [F] 
     Strie'bog  aka Sun Zhu       as Entertainer         [N]
     Shu        aka Shu           as Niece               [HD]
     Unali      aka Tun Au        as Zhou's wife         [HD]
     Whitney    aka Whitney       as Herbalist/Tailor    [F]
     Will       aka Sun Tzu       as hunt master         [F]
     Z'leyra    aka Kakita Junami as Healer              [F]
     Zhou       aka Zhou Wa       as Baron Noble         [HD]

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     Game Update #72 in sequence (file #589)      
     Admin Notes: None. 

        From Z'leyra: [Re: Actions]
          ["After the Akasha, if done, I will call upon Shu's spirit...
          GM: Ack. Who is this "inn spy" you speak of?]

          I was referring to the person Kiet mentioned that might have
          tailed him from the inn
          He then proceeds to help the others pack Shu's belongings,
          occasionally taking a look out the windows for any signs of
        GM: Ack. 

        From Fremea: [Re: Actions]
          Fremea will change before they leave the room and make sure
          there is nothing else left behind that can be traced. She will
          also make sure that Shu's blood is 'unusable' by anything else.

          She will keep a very close eye (paranoid now) on anyone coming
          close or looking too long.
        GM: Ack. Paranoid? Gee whiz.  A GM should never make players
            paranoid!  Maybe I'm doing a bad job.  

     [New Stuff]

         [Julis 25th, 1634TH]
         [Location: Middle Katai Plains, Shantou Province, Shantou city]

         [Time: 2:50am - Night 2 in Shantou]

           It is now around five minutes since Shu's body has been
         discovered.  Zhou has just left the room upset that the
         people around him are going to cast more magic to put the
         mission at risk to learn of a killer's identify.

           An odd look comes over Arawn's face as he watches Zhou exit the
         room. Taking a deep breath and then exhaling Arawn is heard to
         mutter, "I hope the explanation is worth all this."

           By now the room and hallway is crowded with people.  Now 13
         remain in the room or hallway.  Caladan watches Z'leyra and
         arawn talk about more magic to investigate the scene.  He
         sighs and faces the others. "It is a dangerous thing you do
         here if you cast all this magic.  For each one you do you
         put us further into danger.  I would rather not be part of
         this.  I'm going downstairs to watch out for trouble."  With
         that he heads out of the room and downstairs back to the tavern.

           Ben'dar, Chion, Strie'bog, Whitney and Will all remain quiet
         still as Zhou leaves the room.  They all mingle in the hallway
         and seeing what will happen next.  

           Arawn continues to study the room but doesn't gleam much from
         the room itself.  He briefly watches the party as they mingle
         or just stare into the room.  When his eyes pass over Ben'dar
         his vision narrows and seems to linger just a few more seconds
         than usual for some reason.  He then turns to Fremea and wonders
         if this person could be trusted or not.  But looks can be very
         misleading and hard to figure out even for a god who may be all
         knowing.  He has seen mere mortals trick even a god with good
         cunning and double speak.  Course the god would never claim such
         happened but it does occur.

           Fremea places Shu's dagger back onto the table and gathers up
         the maps for the party.  They will need to be kept safe though
         by now likely some have already memorized the maps.

           Raban stands with shoulders slumped at the sad sight in front
         of him.  Regret and anger filling him.  He knows he would've
         heard someone come down the hallway.  Just a bit ago he heard
         the small old woman who owns those shoe stores lumber down the
         hall to the latrine.  If he could hear the wood creak for that
         frail old woman he would've heard an assassin who should have a
         moderate to heavy body frame.  

           Unali stands in the north west corner of the room watching
         the others.  She crosses her arms and frowns at the sight.
         But she seems to be in deep thought at the moment.

           Farseeker chases Zhou into his room.  "You are just going to
         pack up without even speaking to the party about Shu?  Some
         kind words?"

           Without glancing over his shoulder he grabs his leather bag
         and satchel.  He begins to place tunics and pants inside. "We
         will have time for that later.  We simply have no time for it
         now.  Especially if Arawn or Z'leyra cast ...do more things
         in that room."

           "I thought Varange was cold blooded." Farseeker mutters.
         "This is not how to run a team and be a good leader."

           Zhou turns around and glares at Farseeker. "Unali is the
         leader now, my role is cover. "  He walks up right in front
         of the warrior. "Don't underestimate my emotions.  I mourn for
         her and have for weeks  But time is critical we could very well
         be surrounded by the military now.  They waste time by trying to
         argue how best to talk to the dead.  My mission is to see the
         Vong dead, not to put us into danger.  They go off shopping for
         items in town like there is no risk.  They enter taverns and
         ask about rumors.  They get followed and tell us HOURS later.
         They are reckless and I for one do not wish to be killed due
         to poor thinking."

           With though Zhou turns and resumes packing.  "Tell Kiet I
         will need him to help us pack right away if he isn't having
         fun over there.  We will also need to clean the room.  Figure
         out how to cover and remove the blood and gore."

           Farseeker turns around to leave.  Zhou stops and then speaks
         once more. "Farseeker.  If we had time this would be different.
         But we don't.  Please.  I need you to go downstairs and stand
         guard.  If you can go outside and look around.  Too many
         of us are up here and blind."

           Farseeker simply nods and sighs.  He then exits the room
         and heads for the stairs.

           Z'leyra knows the spirit of Shu has likely passed on beyond
         the barrier into the next world.  It soon becomes clear Arawn
         chooses not to cast magic at this time.  Even though Z'leyra
         has not voiced her wish to do the Akasha spell she considers
         it for several long moments.  The risk of failure could be
         disastrous to the hotel much less the party.  Detection wise
         the spell is a rare one and not common everyday so the risk
         of detection could be ultimately low but the magic casting itself
         might be detected as pure magic.  Whether they can detect that
         and pinpoint is the risk not the actual Akasha spell.  She
         fears for the risk to herself as likely she could have a fair
         chance of failure without her magic toys and staff.  Over the
         last 2-3 years she has only cast the spell itself 2-3 times.
         Once in Clima she tried to divine the use in order to trick
         the results.  But the forecast failed and the Akasha backfired
         leading up to a very wounded Trembyl by slime.  He might have
         died that day but did not.  Then again later she used it in
         Caladan's village and later in the Vassa Sacred forest to gleam
         information important for the party.

           She asks everyone to step back and give her some room.  All
         But Arawn and Unali slip out of the room.  The others are
         outside and have to crane necks to see over shoulders or shift
         occasionally to let others view inside.  With this many people
         in the hall though it is likely to cause some concern especially
         this late at night.

           Z'leyra in a low voice explains her plan to view the Akashic
         record.  For some this is just meaningless words but then
         she explains she will try to cast an illusion after the spell
         to show everyone what she saw.  The spell will be cast upon
         the room itself but is limited to the room and will not show
         anything in the hallway or balcony.  Even with the window
         window shade up the spell will not reveal the assassin as he
         would be if at the window.  A limitation of the spell itself.

           She knows she might have a 20 minute slice of time to view
         the past within the last couple weeks.  While it might be good
         for some to enjoy the room's events over he last weeks the need
         for facts is more critical.  Some would like to have seen the fun
         bed activities like Ben'dar or Raban but it would deter from the
         need for truth.

           The problem the Healer has is what time does she need to view?
         Even the wise old healers at Ticasi didn't know how death could
         be factored and sliced up.  Facts like how long it took a body
         to cool down after death was argued and debated.  But no set
         formulae was figured out.  Based on Shu's body temperature she
         has been dead likely for as short as 10 minutes or as long as
         an hour.  So it leaves a 1 in 3 chance of seeing the right
         general time of death.  The ink on the maps is well dried but
         ink dries fast in this summer heat.  So that could be as short
         as minutes.  The same goes for the blood which is dry for the
         most part.  The heat the room keeps is slightly above normal
         room temperature.  the fringes of the pool are matted and dry
         while the center is moist which doesn't give clues on how long
         it has been here.  But based on past experience it has to be
         likely within the last 30 minutes.  Z'leyra guesses then
         that the best time frame is 5-25 minutes ago.  She decides to
         try the 5-25 minute period just before Fremea entered the room.

           She plans to cast a forecast spell to see if the spells will
         work.  Arawn has seen her try these methods to circumvent the
         Fates.  Just cast a divination spell and see if the spell to
         cast will work.  It is simple really.  But Arawn finds it amusing
         that mortals would dare try this.  To annoy the Fates is to bring
         terrible problems on that person.  The Fates do not like their
         methods which to them are set in stone to be simply avoided if
         the result isn't liked.  This is why he knows the gods will fake
         results to prevent mortals using tricks like Divination, detection,
         Knowledge, luck, wisdom and even Time travel to trick the
         Fates into a result the wizard wants.  This is why the gods
         of mischief demanded all magic results have some random variety
         result that could mean failure or super success even with no
         chance of failure.

           Suddenly up the stairs comes the tavern night clerk.  The
         middle aged man is dressed in simple city clothing but looks
         frazzled with a busy night.  He stares down the hall at the
         group of party in the range of 8 people standing in the hall.
         "What is going on here?" He whispers loud enough to be heard
         but not tot to wake the other guests.  He comes closer and
         suddenly Raban and Ben'dar block the hall so he doesn't come
         close to see inside the open door to Shu's room. "Where is
         Baron Zhou?"

           From the other side of the hall, Zhou enters back into the
         hallway hearing the talking outside.  Zhou walks close and
         glances briefly inside Shu's room.  Z'leyra is in the midst
         of casting a spell based on her words and gestures.  He sighs
         greatly and frowns then turns back and taps Raban to step aside.
         Zhou turns the clerk around and guides him few feet away.  "I'm
         sorry to have our people here.  My daughter had an accident
         and bumped her head.  Course her teacher, bodyguard and other
         servants came to help.  They will be out of your hair soon.
         In fact I'm afraid pressing matters force us to leave tonight."
         He pauses and wonders if he should've announced this in case
         the clerk tells others but it is too late now.  "Please have
         the horses prepared if the stable boy can be found.  We'll be
         leaving before sunrise."

           "It is just these people..." He waves his hand at Ben'dar and
         some of the others. "They don't belong here right now.  They.."
         the clerk then realizes what Zhou has said.  He suddenly realizes
         that he'll lose some money. "Was there a problem with the room
         or food or services? Can I fix any issue you might-"

           "No.  The place is excellent.  It is just we have far to
         travel and wish to avoid the morning rush out of the city."
         Zhou explains and then reaches in and grabs a silver coin.
         "Please see to the horses?"  He places the silver coin into
         the hand of the clerk.

           The clerk pockets the coin like a trained thief.  "Of course.
         Please visit us again." He then glances back down the hall
         at the rag tag group.  Then back at Zhou. "Please ensure the
         servants do not wake the others." He then turns and heads
         back downstairs.

           Meanwhile back in Shu's room, Z'leyra casts a divination spell
         upon herself to see what she hopes to happen.  The result seems
         good and she inhales deeply knowing the next spell is dangerous.
         She then casts the Akasha spell and enters into the trance.
         Seconds later she comes out she sighs.  She reveals she only
         saw Shu slumped over and the blood dripping for some time though
         accerelated by the time window.  She knows she could simply state
         the facts about Fremea but decides to simply show the truth.
         She casts her illusion.  It does indeed show Shu on the desk and
         toward the end shows Fremea coming into the room and then picking
         up the dagger.  Then seconds later it seems Raban comes into the
         threshold of the room.  This seems to confirm what Fremea has
         said but the illusion shows others that Z'leyra isn't simply
         protecting her.  Of course the illusion itself comes from her
         own mind so could be misleading in some ways.

           Knowing the risk is still great she decides the period just
         before 2-25 minutes or in this case 26-46 minutes ago should
         be good to view.  Zhou shakes his head in disgust and grabs
         Kiet. "Help us with the bags."  He then storms back into his
         room but Kiet remains transfixed by the spells.

           Z'leyra then casts another divination spell, Akasha spell
         and then the illusion once again.  All seem to work once again.
         This time though she sighs from the result not the lack of
         knowledge.  Her mind replays the scene and she casts it into
         an area illusion the size of 1/10th of the room but in smaller
         scale.  The Illusion shows Shu working at the start of he illusion.
         It appears she is working on the larger Katai map and drawing the
         circle around the mountains.  No one can see her eyes but the head
         seems stiff and rigid as well as her shoulders.  This must be
         the ritual in effect.  Some then realize this violation of privacy
         for the ritual would likely offend Shu's spirit.  She would not
         want the ritual details to be revealed to the entire party.  She
         made that point quite clear.  Arawn soon realizes this and wonders
         if the illusion should be stopped.

           As Shu seems to study the map she waves her hand over the map
         and seems to go back and forth over areas.  It seems to reveal
         details the illusion or spells can't reveal.  She makes X
         marks in some parts and repeats it in other areas of the map
         the whole process again.

           Soon the illusion though in slightly faster form shows a odd
         thing in the north-west corner.  This is slightly behind
         where Unali is now standing.  A dark glimmer seems to
         appear at the window.  The window shades are both pulled down
         and the outside is not seen.  Even if they were open it would
         not reveal balcony events during the time window.

           Some squint at the illusion which is directly from the data
         obtained from the Akashic record.  Either it is Z'leyra odd
         interpretation of the facts or the party doesn't understand.
         The odd spot seems to be almost like smoke or fog.  It is black
         and oily looking.  

           The "smoke" seems to ebb into the room from the bottom of the
         window for several seconds.  It then floats along the west wall
         behind Shu and past the bed.  Once it is clearly behind
         Shu's field of vision the "smoke" soon forms into a shape.
         Kell's eyes widen as if he has seen this shape like one of
         his summoned friends?  The form grows into a humanoid shape
         an seems to float silently toward the back of Shu.  This
         is when the party notice Shu's dagger is in a small scabbard
         on the top of the clothes locker.  The black smoke translucent
         form grabs the dagger and draws it out of the scabbard.  It
         then quickly floats toward Shu.  Once behind the small woman
         one of the being's arms grabs her around the neck and pulls
         it toward its body.  Shu immediately flails her arms and tries
         to fight but seems to fail.  With the other left arm of he
         smoke creature it uses the solid dagger and shoves with heavy
         force into the head of Shu.  The blood spurts north west toward
         the bed and rear toward the clothes locker.  Gore and blood
         seem to pass through the being which at times has solid and
         at times has no form at all.  The being then drops the dagger
         and quickly floats toward the window.  As it does it loses
         form and quickly fades away.  

           Shu slumps onto the desk and seems to be dead instantly from
         the damage.  The illusion then shows the room empty and still
         aside from the blood drain and the illusion soon ends.

         Actions? Comments?

         Next Update...Friday...

         GM: Reminder the maps Shu did has been on the website.  Small
             update for now.  Though small I had to figure out a lot
             of details behind the scenes.  But it is enough for now.

         GM: What is the plan for the room cleanup?  Burn the room down
             of the evidence?  The gore?  The blood? Any details on that?

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