[pnpgm] Game Update #149 - File #1048 - First day of travel

Scott Adams longshotgm at netzero.com
Thu Feb 10 19:02:37 CET 2011

  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
  R1.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
  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, 

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     Game Update #149 in sequence (file #1048)      
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        From Kiet: [Re: Actions]
          Kiet smiles his little bright smile at Strie'bog and says
          quietly 'No, not gas....just hot air..."

          Kiet will work on horsemanship as much as frickin' possible.  He
          dooesn't think he will ever actually like them, but he does think
          he can learn to tolerate them.

          no magic use until V-day...and still wishing we had about 200
          well-armed lancer mercs accompanying us...

          Kiet also wants to make sure he has as many rope segments with
          him that he and his horse can carry without encumbering too much.
          Won't need much more than 10-12....
        GM: Ack. Lancer so 2 SC/Month or about 7 BB a day for a week
            likely of work.  So 7 BB x 7 = 49 BB x 200 = 98 Silver or
            so I estimate quickly.  Want to use your personal gold
            stash?  Just return to Pamau and hire them of course the
            explanation might be fun to watch. :)  Ack on ropes. 
        From Kiet: [Re: Actions]
          Kiet is pretty quiet as the group heads out, and even before.
          He's been wondering how to contribute to this undertaking, without
          ending up in the care of the undertaker...bad pun, but that's
          where Kiet's mind is now.

          "I am contemplating a Sky Knowledge spell.  Not for locating...
        GM: Ack. 

        From Will: [Re: Actions]
          Thinking...  sounds dangerous
        GM: Ack.

        From Arawn: [Re: Actions]
          "Likely he believes it will not be as easy as that. Only...
        GM: Ack.   

        From Kell: [Re: Actions]
          Taking Zhou's hand and standing up, Ha'Kell gives a mischevious
          grin. "Here I thought you were just another pretty face that...
          [More tomorrow.  Including some talk on planning possible
          attacks, etc.]

          [I am sorry to hear Chris go.  All the best to him.]
          [Yes I am buying.  Beef Jerky and a ride in a dingy!  :)  ]

          [I enjoyed the Zhou speech.  It was good, nice to include
          everyone.  I like touches like these.  Great posts for the last
          several!  Thank you! Kell did have a few thoughts and I had to
          air them. ]
        GM: Ack.  Jerky.  Inside joke folks :)  Thanks on the comments.
            I posted from the reference of Zhou.  Not a major public
            speaker but also not a simple shy person who can't speak.
            So he was so-so.

     [New Stuff]

         [Augado 6th, 1634TH]
         [Location: Middle Katai Plains] 
         [          Pamau Province, Pamau City]
         [          Northeast of city margins, few miles, river edge]

         [Time: 6:42am]

           Kiet finds himself needing to leave the group to prevent
         a laughing fest during Zhou's speech.  He finally returns
         and Strie'bog asks if he had gas.

           Kiet smiles his little bright smile at Strie'bog and says
         quietly 'No, not gas....just hot air..."

           At that comment, Strie'bog can't help but giggle like a school
         girl who sees Farseeker's large muscles upon entering a room.

           After Zhou and Kell spar the party watch in slight amazement.
         Some realize the blow hard didn't so much use his dagger as he
         did his cape.  Some have seen some of the best fighters not fight
         but defend.  With a cape like that one can parry and deflect
         most blows and use them against their ally.  Some recall that
         Triest had that skill and used it on occasion, before he was killed
         in that stupid street gambling ambush. 

           Taking Zhou's hand and standing up, Ha'Kell gives a mischievous
         grin. "Here I thought you were just another pretty face that wanted
         to keep it looking pretty.  I may be wrong.  Probably not, but
         maybe.  Next time, do that to the Vong."  He then slaps the man
         on the shoulder and picks up his spears, totally non-plussed at
         Zhou's actions.  Hoping he learned something there, and knowing
         that he did, the duke can actually handle a blade when he wants.

           Zhou bows half way and uses his cape in a flourish.  "The
         wizards are allowed to challenge other wizards all they want.
         At times to the death.  But wizards aren't allowed to challenge
         non wizards without just cause.  Even so I've had to...learn how
         to handle arguments in the past."  He grins and slaps Kell's
         shoulder back.


         [Time: 9:23pm]

           The party has been going on now for well over two hours.  By
         now all vision of the river and city margins are well lost to
         unaided eyes.  The foothills are fast approaching and slowly
         the terrain is rising ever so slightly.  The ground changes from
         sparse vegetation to more and more bushes and trees as the party
         enters the fringes of the foothills.

           For some time Kiet has been quiet.  Every so often he slips on
         his saddle and looks like a doll riding the horse.  Ever so
         rigid as he is not used to riding.  Not that he is the only one
         to do this.  Raban and Chion with their large frames have to sit
         up like wooden statues without moving as well in order to ease
         the burden of the horse.  But whereas they have some experience
         it is clear Kiet is nervous and not so skilled.  But he is helped
         by the more experienced members of the group by suggestions, tips
         and pointers on riding.

           Kiet is pretty quiet as the group heads out, and even before.
         He's been wondering how to contribute to this undertaking, without
         ending up in the care of the undertaker...bad pun, but that's where
         Kiet's mind is now.

           Kiet speaks a bit low as if the bushes might hear him or the
         Katai themselves. "I am contemplating a Sky Knowledge spell.  Not
         for locating the Vong, which we seem to have already done, but to
         ask for help in determining how to take the power of flight from
         these Vong.  What say you?  I ask because the spell is powerful
         and likely to attract attention."

           "Also, I don't suppose any of you are well skilled in the Astral
         Flames spell?"

           Farseeker laughs outloud and grabs his chest. "You? Wanting to
         cast magic after you scold Arawn for days?"  He grins his demonic
         grin he learned from Balrog.  Kiet realizes he is just having some
         fun and not meaning to upset the acrobat.  He turns a bit more
         serious. "The flying beasts do give them an edge.  They might be
         able to see us for miles.  There is nothing we can do about that
         frankly.  Even if we get rid of the beasts they might have smaller
         units or beasts even as small as those insect map things that
         can see us.  But I do think it could be useful.  The problem is
         would they," he points up as if to say the gods, "know how to do
         it?  They don't seem too helpful against the Vong.  Someone
         mentioned weeks ago...was it Arawn or the High Elder? The gods
         know so little of the Vong maybe they don't want to admit their
         ignorance.  But I could be wrong and they could give us that trick
         to help us.  I might do it in a day or two.  That way if it is
         detected it would be a while before they can track us that
         far in the mountains."

           Kiet mulls over other concepts in his mind.  He scowls as he
         thinks, but continues to be in obviously deep thought.  He
         obviously does not like the implications of this, but sees no
         other way around this.

           "I am puzzled, and more than a little annoyed over this.  But I
         have to ask you to consider this...Ki'ama has the power himself to
         simply walk into the presence of the Vong and destroy them with
         such a spell as Astral Fire...and they would have no defense
         against it!  Kiet pauses dramatically at this...then says "So
         why send us?  We seem to have every difficulty with this enemy,
         but it need not be the case.  Why, then, are we here?  Why does
         the Master of the Dark Lands send us when he knows we will have
         trouble, but he could deal with them with impunity.  I like not
         the implication here." Kiet finishes and briefly glances at Zhou.

           Zhou bristles with anger as the small acrobat who was a guest
         of the Master would say such things about him.  Zhou considers
         defending the master and showing Kiet some respect.  But then
         some doubt comes to his own mind.  Before he can speak others
         do so.

           Farseeker waves a hand in the air as he rides, "Simple. A
         general sends in foot soldiers to test the waters and scout.
         Even a powerful General will get tactical info first.  I think
         he could handle the Vong swiftly but he would also be at grave
         risk doing so.  A wise general gets the job done with intelligence,
         both tactical info and wisdom, as well as good preparation."

           Zhou calms down and speaks up, "The High Elder may be very
         powerful.  But he is also...well adjusted for his age.  He
         has his duty and responsibility to his people.  You must also..."
         He trails off a bit and thinks for several long moments. "Our
         people do not like to go outside the Lands.  He could come here
         and help but it would be difficult work.  The Sorceress  alone
         could take advantage and do great damage in his absence."  It
         seems the talkative majordomo has not been able to speak as
         he should or want to as if lost for words.

           "Likely he believes it will not be as easy as that. Only a
         fraction of the Vong's technology and other surprises have surfaced
         so far. I would imagine the High Elder has survived as long as he
         has through caution and would not wish to risk his being personally
         testing the limits of the Vong's ability to sense and deal with
         magicians and thier powers. And even magics as powerful as those
         that call on the Astral Fire is fraught with peril. We really
         do not know if they have defenses against it but we do know that
         their ability to resist magic is very strong and there has been
         more than one tale told of magicians losing control of the Astral
         Fire. It is one of those spells that when it fails, it fails
         spectacularly and with dire results. But to add another idea to
         the mix, perhaps the High Elder sends us out to test us, as some
         have speculated. If so, then I think it quite likely that he is
         watching and possibly trying to prepare some here for another,
         deadlier mission some time in the future," Arawn replied.


         [Time: 9:12pm]

           The first day of travel ends and the camp is settled.  The
         area is safe being near the group so only a normal watch is set.
         After dinner is fixed and cooked the party go about their own
         duties and activities.

           The group is on the edge of the foothills and just below the
         eastern edge of the mountains.  So the terrain is starting to
         get rough and the cold plains are left behind.

           Arawn is seen leaving the group and heading a bit over 100 feet
         away.  He is seen using a lantern to gather what looks like flowers
         and pieces of wood.  He soon builds a mini campfire for himself.
         He starts to burn the flowers and piece of wood in some silent
         ritual. Though the party has seen him go off alone many nights to
         pray and likely try to speak to his parents this seems slightly
         different ritual in some ways.  But most know not to bother him
         during this time as he stares up at the stars seeking answers.  

         Actions? Comments?

         Next Update...Monday...

         GM: I made a cropped map of the region you guys are in.  It
             at bottom of links.  I also included a Legend link so you
             can reference what the marks mean on the map with changes
             for things that might come up.

         GM: Remember you guys have no wagon now its left behind.   After
             I redid map I got the accurate travel estimates for below.
             Even though 21 is the party speed I figure that's a 12 hour
             period.  The party will be pushing things to add an extra
             hour of travel if possible.  This is to also take advantage
             of the late summer sunset which tends to be later.  So some
             days distance is 24 miles. I only post it below for my
             own record keeping though the party has no idea how long
             it will take till the end.  So it could take 4 or 5 days.
             So go with that knowledge rather than player knowledge.
             Keep in mind that the estimate is there but the party
             may decide to stop somewhere for a day or two. 

         GM: For skill training I will not count the last day since it
             will only be a 2-3 hours ride.  This is so folks can stay
             alert and its not a full day's time for skill points. 

         GM: Skill training - [4 days - Aug 6-9th]
             [Deadline: 2/18 - Midnight EST]

             Arawn     -*          None listed
             Ben'dar   -        [None - Now Npc]
             Caladan   -        [Mountain Survival - 6 Points - +1 EL]
             Chion     -        [None - Now Npc]
             Farseeker -  [Katai Language - Maxed, Donaran R&W - 6 points]
             Fremea    -*          None listed
             Kell      -*          None listed
             Kiet      -  [Horsemanship - 8 points - Learning still]
             Raban     -*          None listed
             Strie'bog -        [None - Now Npc]
             Unail     -*          None listed
             Z'leyra   -*          None listed
             Zhou      -  [Sword training  - 8 points]

         GM: Magic/Energy/Health Status - By Aug 10th unless magic used

                             Energy       Mana     Health
             Arawn     -
             Ben'dar   -      100%        100%     100%
             Caladan   -      100%         --      100%
             Chion     -      100%        100%     100%
             Farseeker -      100%         --      100%
             Fremea    - 
             Kell      -
             Kiet      -      100%        100%     100%
             Raban     -
             Strie'bog -      100%        100%     100%
             Unali     -
             Z'leyra   -
             Zhou      -      100%         --      100%

             * If Blank I have to figure it out this weekend and it could
               change with spells one may cast.  Will update the above
               for next update. 

         GM: Travel estimate -

             Party speed         : 21 MR due to slowest horse.
             Total distance to go: 98 miles

             Augado  6th - 7:30am-7:30pm - 21 miles
             Augado  7th - 6:00am-7:30pm - 24 miles
             Augado  8th - 6:00am-7:30pm - 24 miles
             Augado  9th - 6:00am-7:30pm - 24 miles
             Augado 10th - 6:00am-c9:00am-  5 miles [estimated]

         GM: Small update for now.  Was going to move the group forward.
             But I need to consult my notes.  I forgot to draw up any
             possible non-vong encounters.  Should've done that months
             ago in prep but forgot.  So will do that this weekend. Then
             Monday will move the group a day or two forward.

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