[pnpgm] Game Update #73 - File #597 - Party evacs the city

Scott Adams longshot at cybermax.net
Fri Feb 19 07:02:09 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 #597)      
     Admin Notes: None. 

        From Z'leyra: [Re: Actions]                             
          Z'leyra "I pity these folk. Their leaders seem to be...
        GM: Ack.

        From Fremea: [Re: Clean up]
          With all the magics already cast here, Fremea figures just one
          more really doesn't matter. "Get all my gear and Shu's out now. I
          will clean all this up." When everything is out that was not there
          before, she will cast Transmutation. Causing all the blood that
          was spilled on the floor, along the walls and on anything else,
          to come together into a block of wood. She will then take the
          wood and place it into a jar. "Ok, time to go now." Raban should
          be in front and they move down the stairs to the wagons, making
          sure no one is following.
        GM: Ack. 

        From Kiet: [Re: Actions]
          Kiet leaves immediately after seeing the illusion of the smoking
          fiend that killed Shu.  He first goes to put on his leather armor
          and then gathers all of his other arms and armor to take to the
          wagon.  He gets his horse ready and loaded then starts helping the
          other people load up.  As soon as they are done loading, Kiet's
          putting on ALL of his armor, keeping his shield and some javelins
          handy on the wagon.  Kiet will drive the wagon out of town as
          quietly as he can while in the Inn compound, but once out of it
          will hurry.

          Damn, he wishes for the umpteenth time that he had a sword at
          his side and knew how to use it.  On the plus side, if we are
          suspected or accused of using magic, then it possibly can be
          used to escape as denials may be no longer useful.
        GM: Ack. Gee paranoid?  I do GM Paranoia but this is P&P.  I must
            be doing bad job.  I'm supposed to run a fun and enjoyable
            environment where players are relaxed.....Nah...too boring.

        From Kell: [Re: Actions]
          Ha'Kell is frowning, both sad and mad.  He remarks to Zhou, "I
          hope we get a full explanation on the road. I'd like to read...

          Kell helps as best he can, doing whatever needs to be done to get
          moving.  When there is nothing more to do here, the half-elf heads
          out to the other inn, inviting all those who are staying there to
          go at the same time as it is safer in a group this fateful evening.

          Once ready to leave, he'll wait for everyone so they can go
          together to the wagon.
        GM: Ack. 

        From Raban: [Re: Actions]                                       
          Raban asks softly, his rage barely controlled, "I just need...
        GM: Ack. 

        From Whitney: [Re: Actions]                             
          Whitney say, "Well, energy loss is the first method that...
        GM: Ack. 

        From Will: [Re: Actions]
          Will After staring with a steele glaze at the scene before him
          for a long moment: "We may need to fight the beast that killed...
        GM: Ack. 

     [New Stuff]

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

         [Time: 2:53am - Night 2 in Shantou]

           Moments after the illusion fades the party seems to stare and
         wonder for an eternity trying to make sense of it. Did Z'leyra's
         interpretation of the Akashic Record reflect the right thing? Did
         her illusion interpret it back to something meaningful?  It is
         almost like some in the party were lost adrift on an island
         after seeing the smoke monster and not knowing what to do.

           Z'leyra "I pity these folk. Their leaders seem to be either
         allied with or controlled by demons. We had better stick together
         in pairs or more in a group...Those off by themselves are too
         likely to end up as Shu did. Lets clean the room and go."

           Kiet is obviously very nervous about all of this and, if it
         weren't for the information being so important, he would have
         been packing while they were casting their Akasha and other
         spells.  Unease fills the servant and suspicion of what could
         be lurking around the corner.  Kiet leaves the room immediately
         and heads to help Zhou pack.  First he enters his room and gets
         his armor on but only after asking Ben'dar to watch over as it
         is now safer to be in pairs.  After donning his armor and some
         weapons he quickly moves to help Zhou pack up.

           Kell leaves Shu's room and heads to find Zhou.  Ha'Kell is
         frowning, both sad and mad.  He remarks to Zhou, "I hope we get a
         full explanation on the road. I'd like to read her journal.  Shu
         didn't deserve that...  But I will go to the other inn to pack
         and leave, and meet back at the wagon."

           Zhou simply shrugs as he stuffs tunics into his leather bag.
         Farseeker still upset grabs the noble and twirls him around.
         He grabs the noble's collar and yanks him up and then shoves
         his back into the wall with a loud thud.  Next door Kiet
         and Ben'dar hear the thug.  Ben'dar looks to see Kell in
         the doorway and nods back to Kiet it must be all right or
         Kell would be acting.

           A foot off the ground, Farseeker snarls at the noble. He
         doesn't speak above a whisper. "You should show more respect.
         He is right she didn't deserve to die.  You stand there
         packing shirts more worried about losing your own hide than
         losing one of us!  A leader leads by example." He releases
         the man who slumps down a bit.  Farseeker steps back. "You
         are no leader.  I follow Unali now not you.  For the sake of
         the mission you will show more respect for us than the mission."
         With that he storms out of the room almost shoving Kell out
         of the way a bit but not by force.

           Zhou places hands on his night shirt and smoothes it out.  He
         glances at Kell. "Please do not leave until we do.  We need to
         stay as a group. ..I will explain things later.  I don't want ot
         be here any longer than we have to." With that he resumes packing.
         Kell decides to watch the room and not leave the noble alone.
         At least not until Kiet can come and help.

           Back in Shu's room Raban continues to stare at the air where
         the illusion was.  The illusion itself wasn't a shock as he has
         seen many.  in the flying castle there was that nice illusion
         of the map. But this was shock from her loss.

           Raban asks softly, his rage barely controlled, "I just need to
         know one thing... How do you kill something made of smoke, fog or
         whatever that was! Honor demands this thing's death, and all like
         it that can so cowardly assault such innocence. Someday I will
         get the chance to face this fiend and I had better be prepared
         to do so."

           Whitney says, "Well, energy loss is the first method that comes
         to mind. Poison or disease is probably a bit difficult to manage,
         but there are spells for everything, especially killing in new and
         painful ways. A soul annihilator would work, I would think."

           Some look to Whitney to wonder if he has such spells.  To destroy
         a soul sounds almost like the ways of the Chaos mages.  

           Will after staring with a steele glaze at the scene before him
         for a long moment: "We may need to fight the beast that killed Shu
         but I'm saving my revenge for whoever sent it"

           Arawn was still looking over the room when Z'leyra began her
         spell. He had decided to trust Zhou for now, having thought that
         the group would not wish to risk further exposure from
         spellcasting. When it became apparent that others were casting
         magic Arawn attempted to mask their spells with a quick Mana
         Shield.  Sadly though the spells were cast far too quickly for
         Arawn to prepare, ask permission and then cast the shields.  So
         they were sadly not done to cover the Akasha spell.  Likely though
         most detectors would not be looking for this particular spell.
         Arawn figures it is such a rare spell the common wizard would
         not care to use it much less look for it.  So that in itself
         might be a good thing.  Since the spell ended and the illusion
         was also cast fast no shield was cast upon there.  But Arawn
         does fear illusions were likely to be common.  From simple
         personal illusion to disguise wizards to disguise their wands
         and other items.  Arawn prays the illusion was not detected.

           As Z'leyra cast her illusion, Arawn stood near the window and
         looked out the window through the tiny cracks at the side of
         the window shade.  But all he could see was darkness, the lake
         and the shed in the distance.  The balcony blocks most of the ground
         view from this angle to see much of the ground.  But if the threat
         came from the air he would know about it first.

           Arawn had studied the illusion showcasing Shu's death with keen
         interest, wondering what the Akasha would reveal. Things seemed to
         progress without much surprise, though he paid detailed attention
         to Shu's use of the spell, but when the dark mist appeared his
         demeanor changed. An odd, pensive look appeared on his face and
         when it finally formed into a humanoid figure his eyes widened
         suddenly. Immediately he moved toward the window from which it had
         appeared, opening it and looking outside.

           As the people behind him discuss revenge, Arawn scans the dark
         outside but sees little.  Irritated he closed the window and
         opens the balcony door.  Knowing that friends can back him up
         in case some sudden arrow of death comes his way he enters the
         dark balcony.  He first looks to the left and right.  Finally
         he sees light from the left which are Kiet's and Zhou's room
         which makes sense.  But it is faint shadows.  To the right
         he sees other balconies but with dark windows showing sleeping
         guests.  Briefly he glances up to see the roof about 10 feet up
         but sees darkness in the side directions.  Glancing down the
         scene as it is during the day calm and serene.  A duck or two
         can be seen in the pond and the torches around the small lake
         have burnt out this time of night.  The ground is some 30 feet
         below the balcony.  The shed and emergency latrine can be
         seen on in the distance but that is about it.  Trees in the
         far distance are dark and shows no sign of life.  To get up
         here would not be difficult but hard.  One would only need
         rope or a good acrobat.  At 2nd floor the balcony is only 10
         feet up.  Raban could stand and simply jump to get to the second
         floor balcony area though he'd likely break the stone railing.
         Arawn scans for signs of ropes but finds none.  This could
         indicate little though as a good acrobat could scale the tavern
         without ropes.  Once on the second floor one could simply
         go from balcony to balcony to find the room.  But it does
         concern him that this particular room was targeted.  How did
         the killer know the exact room? Arawn sighs and returns inside
         the room and locks the door.

           Arawn locks the door and hears Raban and Will discuss the beast.
         He turns to them and speaks.  "We can discuss that later. I know
         what it is. For now, don't travel alone. It's strength lies in
         stealth and shadow and we are vulnerable right now."

           Arawn then walks past the group in the room and heads to his
         own room.  Once there he begins to pack up his own items. 

           Fremea stares at the Alfar as he exits.  He knows what this
         beast might be?  Now he is sounding like Zhou not wanting
         to say much.  This blasted party and their secrets.  Fremea
         figures with the amount of magic cast thus far another couple
         spells aren't going to hinder things.  The Faerry states, "Get all
         my gear and Shu's out now. I will clean all this up."

           Fremea walks the scene and discovers the blood isn't on the wall
         or the bed.  The clothing chest does have some brain matter as
         well as the floor.  But the bulk of the blood is directly below
         or on Shu herself.  Fremea approaches and raises both hands.  She
         begins to speak quick magical words and concentrates while waving
         her hands over the dried blood.  A brownish hue begins to form
         around the area below Shu's left side.  Then almost instantly
         the blood disappears off the floor, chair and Shu herself.  Once
         the magical brown hue fades a simple block of brown-red wood
         is on the floor.  Amazingly there is no sign of blood on the
         carpet, chair, desk, dagger or even Shu herself.  She smiles
         at the clever trick of magic and realizes something.  She
         glances down and notices the blood on her dress is also gone
         having transmuted into the piece of wood.  She almost giggles
         at the thought of a easy clean but knows it would not be very
         proper.  She then turns and asks Raban to drag the clothing chest
         over closer within 10 feet.  Once that is done she casts another
         quick spell and transmuted the brain matter on the chest,
         carpet and chair into another piece of wood.  This time the
         wood is a dull brown gray color.  

           Fremea glances around and finds no sign of trouble and there
         should not be as she'll take the evidence away.  She grabs the
         two pieces of wood.  She plans to visit the kitchen to obtain
         or buy a jar from the cook if they are still up.  "Ok, time to go

           Raban then grabs the blanket off the bed and lifts Shu's
         limp body gently onto it.  Once wrapped he brings her out
         into the hallway and leads downstairs.  Raban in front and
         they move down the stairs to the wagons, making sure no one is

           Z'leyra and Will help to gather up the personal items of Shu
         and Fremea and then head downstairs.  By now most of the rooms
         have been cleared of personal gear.  It takes a few more quick
         trips to ensure all things are taken.  By now the stable boy
         who is clearly grumpy at this hour but doesn't argue with the
         noble in charge, Zhou, has the stable lit and horses saddled.
         Kiet and Kell team up the wagon after the guards and Whitney
         bring the wagon.  Farseeker questions the guards if they saw
         any trouble tonight not eluding to anything obvious.  But it
         soon becomes clear the men are clueless and only report one guest
         was a bit too drunk and touched a waitress on the rump but that
         is it.

           Upon seeing the body Raban carries, which is hard to miss, the
         clerk becomes concerned.  The clerk approaches but Raban simply
         growls and glares.  This is sufficient to cause the clerk not to
         approach closer than about 10 feet.  Zhou simply talks the man
         down that Shu's accident forces them to have her rest in the wagon.
         She is not feeling good and they will be going to a Healer friend
         outside the city.  The clerk seems satisfied with this and
         leaves the group alone.

           Zhou finally completes the sign out procedure and tips the
         clerk.  Zhou takes a few moments to explain the situation isn't
         his fault and that he hopes the other guests aren't disturbed.
         If Zhou had more money he eould offer to pay for drinks and
         food in the morning but funds are running low.  Soon the wagon
         driven by Kiet drives onward to the other Inn where the non
         nobles stayed.

           Once there pairs or threes enter to get their gear and check
         out.  Here the sleepy clerk cares less when they check in as the
         fee was paid already.  He grumbles that sunrise is only a few
         hours away or he'd rent the room out to a few "night people".
         But it is likely too late for that.  The clerk simply shooos
         the people away when they exit the rooms.

         [Time: 3:28am - Night 2 in Shantou]

           With sunrise in only about 3 hours the party is now all together.
         Gear is checked to ensure nothing has been stolen or tampered
         with.  From the dried dung covered Gnarish staff Chion has to
         some private items many have nothing seems to be missing or messed

           By now Arawn has urged Zhou to lit up lanterns for each corner
         of the wagon.  While the front two are standard he doesn't argue
         with the last two though Whitney finds them a bit distracting
         in the rear section.  Arawn simply tells Whitney that it might
         be beneficial to have the light shine.

           Though alert and watching Arawn patrols on horse as the others
         pack up in the non-noble inn.  He remains quiet for some time as
         he considers how to explain things to the group.

           Inside the wagon Shu is placed on one seat covered up.
         Fremea, Unali and Zhou sit on the other seat and all quiet and
         stare wondering why she had to die.  Shu's bag sits beside her
         and Zhou ensures no one at this time touches her things out
         of respect though some feel it is too late for that for him to
         act that way.

           Kiet and Z'leyra sit in the wagon seat and wait.  Once all
         packed up the wagon heads through the city toward the gate
         the fence told them about.  This time of night the streets
         are deserted making travel far faster than normal.  Guards
         occasionally come out of the shadows and watch the wagon but
         once they notice the wagon group must be of noble station they
         cower back into the shadows.  Even the scum of the streets from
         the thieves, beggars and hookers seem to go into the shadows.

           Inside the wagon Zhou turns to Fremea. "I'm glad you were
         not part of this.  How you cleaned the room was very clever."
         He glances at the small fist size wood inside the jar from
         the kitchen.  As soon as it is possible Fremea plans to burn
         the wood to ensure no evidence remains or especially no way
         to track Shu is left behind.

           Unali sits but remains quiet inside.

         [Time: 3:49am - Night 2 in Shantou]

           Soon the wagon after some directions from guards finds the
         south east gate and approaches it.  Arawn out front scans for
         magic detectors but finds no auras.  The fence must have been
         true to his word that this is a weak point in the city.  At the
         gate three guards stand bored as the wagon approaches.  

         Actions? Comments?

         Next Update...Monday...

         GM: Sorry couldn't resist the Lost reference. :)  Lost fans
             will get the reference.  

         GM: Quick update for now.  Monday I will move the party outside
             the city.  I assume any last minute actions will be done
             by then but I doubt you want to linger?  If I'm wrong
             let me know.  I will need to calculate how long it will
             take to get to Pamau as I assume that will be the destination
             after the nearby Vong-possible point is investigated.  On
             the trip to Pamau you can do skills and such so might want
             to think on that but wait till I figure out how many days
             this weekend.  Likely next update will end near the "un-mana"
             point Shu detected just south of the city.  I'm not sure
             how long it will take the wagon so it COULD be day by then.
             I figure its likely 5 miles roughly but will know for sure
             this weekend.  No time to figure it out now. Since the
             Draft horses are slow it will likely take 3-4 hours till they
             get to the point.  So it looks like it will be sunrise by
             then.  So stay tuned for that update.  If there are actions
             to be done BEFORE the next point on the map the "un mana"
             or Vong-possible point is investigated let me know.  Just
             hope I've not bored some to death like Ben'dar who have
             been quiet lately. :<

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