[pnpgm] Game Update #157 - File #1089 - Search prep

Scott Adams longshotgm at netzero.com
Mon Mar 14 20:54:26 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 #157 in sequence (file #1089)      
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        From Will: [Re: Actions]                                
          Will:  "Thus far we haven't seen any obvious signs of the....

          Will: "Anything we do is a risk but we need to gather....

          Before Wills horse eats any of the apples he reigns him in and
          takes a moment to observe the flora and fauna looking for
          anything unusual.  He will look at the trees looking for any
          signs of other animals and weather any have been eating the

          Then Will asks "Those of you can sense that sort of thing how...
        GM: Ack. 

        From Z'leyra: [Re: Actions]                             
          Z'leyra offers "I can create an item that, when triggered,...
        GM: Ack.

        From Will: [Re: Actions]                                        
          Will:  "As I said earlier I think that scouting is very....
        GM: Ack.

        From Kiet: [Re: Actions]
          Kiet doesn't like the idea of some of these people just wanting
          to march straight down to the base of the mount.  "As I said...
        GM: Ack.

        From Fremea: [Re: Actions]
          Fremea will do scouting. However, if Z can make that item to for
          instant teleport, she will take it.

          "This may take a little bit to scout it out. Put a marker as...

          She will also use her Herbalism, and other skills to check the
          apples for anything unusual.
        GM: Ack.

        From Z'leyra: [Re: Actions]                             
          Z'leyra says "Okay, let us find a concealed spot where the...

          She asks Fremea for some hair to weave the teleport item into.
          Once a good spot has been found she will braid the hair into a
          bracelet for Fremea, mark a spot with some rocks or branches
          then do the necessary magics to ensorcel the bracelet and purify
          the spot for an incoming teleport.
        GM: Ack. 

        From Will: [Re: Actions]
          Maybe Will and one other can scout at ground level, creeping
          around the mount looking for openings?

          Will is game...  so long as he sticks to the trees and isn't
          ambushed  he should be able to escape if he encounters any
        GM: Ack. First line I'm not sure if you posted that or was in the
            quote.  If quote haven't seen the original post yet. 

        From Kell: [Re: Actions]
          Yes, that was the idea.  Stay in the forest and circle around.
        GM: Ack. 
        From Fremea: [Re: Actions]
          Fremea very carefully picks a hair and watches Z do the weaving
          to make sure the whole piece of hair is used. Anyone can tell
          she is very cautious and a bit nervous until the bracelet is in
          her hands.
        GM: Ack. 

     [New Stuff]

         [Augado 10th, 1634TH]
         [Location: Middle Katai Plains] 
         [          Mountains west of Pamau]

         [Time: 9:24am]

           The horses pick up some speed going down the slope once they
         see the apples.  There are many trees devoid of them and many
         with loads of them.  On the ground are few ones but likely
         those have been eaten by animals.

           Will stops his horse from snacking on the horse and glances
         around.  He notices definite signs of previous animal life.
         Even a nest is seen.  But the presence of the people and horses
         must've scared the animals away.  In the distance bird song can
         be heard but they must be too scared by the large group to be
         in the immediate area.  There are signs of bark being scratched,
         eaten, rubbed on or picked at by animals from woodpeckers to bears.

           Then Will asks, "those of you can sense that sort of thing how
         do you tell the difference between the Vong's creatures and those
         of our world?"

           Caladan grabs an apple and examines it.  "As has been discussed
         the presence of mana is the biggest clue.  If they have an aura
         then they are our creatures.  If not then they must be Vong."

           Fremea uses her herbalism skill to inspect the apples but finds
         nothing out of the ordinary.

           Farseeker throws down a apple and spits out a piece.  This shocks
         the others and they throw down their own and stop their horses.
         But then the warrior points. "I hate apples with worms in them!"

           Relieved Caladan bites into his apple and find it quite juicy
         and quite good.  "I'm not dead again yet.  If they had poisoned
         these trees we'd have seen it.  The animals would be dead and
         the trees would be affected.  Who knows maybe the Vong even
         like our apples."  He takes another bite and then nods. "Quite
         good. " He hands a piece to his horse to eat.  

           Inside the forest the group dismounts and Unali asks for
         plans and ideas.

           Will adds in his view, "Thus far we haven't seen any obvious
         signs of the Vong using magic detectors but their weapons can
         hunt out some magics.  If they do have them anyplace it would
         probably be here.    It would probably be best to avoid setting
         them off or perhaps wait until it suits our purpose to set them

           Farseeker nods but shrugs at the same time, "I suspect if they
         cared to watch they would have by now.  No good could come of
         letting an enemy enter such a place like this forest without
         some trip wire system.  I suspect it would be on the mountains
         or just from casual flyover patrols.  But I have a feeling that
         they don't care.  Look at their warriors.  They are arrogant
         and believe themselves superior.  Such fools don't think of
         such things like a party like us sneaking up on them.  So I
         suspect they don't know we are here.  I believe we are in a good
         position for our ambush."

           As the first idea of Fremea doing the scouting with her very
         useful magical spyglass which can see miles away as if it was
         feet away, some consider the risks.

           Will glances to Farseeker to reply to his comment on risks,
         "Anything we do is a risk but we need to gather  information.
         He who knows himself and his enemy will be victorious.  We don't
         even know if they do see magic or how far they see.  We have seen
         with the map that there information is great. Fremea if she is
         willing would be a good choice to find out more."

           Changing topics slightly:  "Does anyone know much of their
         habits whether they be nocturnal or not?  When our forces are not
         as great as those of our enemy it is often good to attack in the
         wee hours of the morning."

           Zhou shrugs as he ties up his horse to a tree. "We know little
         of their personal habits other than their love of pain and
         torture.  As well as their caste system and desire to conquer.
         We can assume they are going to be overt at night.  Those flyers
         are best used at night when can't be seen.  Their general
         appearance is the same thing.  But inside their private place
         or base they could be walking around naked for all we know."

           Farseeker raises an eyebrow at Will, "you should like an old
         general I knew.  He'd quote those sayings.  But he always
         reminded us that sayings don't win battles but action does.
         I just hope our action will be done well."

           Z'leyra offers, "I can create an item that, when triggered,
         can cast a spell such that the user appears back in a location
         that is selected when I make the item, preferably the location
         that the item is made at. This could allow someone to more safely
         scout out the mountain and be less likely to be caught and killed
         while scouting. It is hard to cast a spell while being damaged,
         but this item could hopefully cast the spell if the scout was
         being hurt. We know the enemy can hurt us even while we are
         invisible, insubstantial and moving. But with such an item a
         scout with those spells up might stand a very good chance of
         surviving a scouting mission.  Comment?"

           Farseeker shrugs.  "Of course if the spell fails or the
         person is killed that's a problem.  Then there is the problem
         where they teleport back to they might be able to pinpoint.
         Might as well light up a smoke signal in that case."

           Caldan nods in agreement, "I've seen that clever magical
         eye scope that Fremea has.  She can see what 8 or 10 miles
         away as if it was 100 feet.  She need not be that close
         to the mountain to scout.  This is why she could simply fly
         from peak to peak to scout and not even in risk of being
         seen or detected."

           Will adds, "As I said earlier I think that scouting is very
         important to developing a winning strategy.  First I think that
         somebody like Fremea or Z'leyra who can fly unobtrusively should
         take a look around.  Then I think someone should take a look
         inside and for that person having a quick emergency escape plan
         is a very good idea, its probably not such a bad idea for the one
         flying.  Unfortunately we probably don't have the time to make
         something like that before we take a flight around the valley."

           "No." Farseeker jumps in, "the scout should not enter the
         place even if there is a big sign saying its safe.  He or she
         should report back to us first.  Then we can form a entry

           Kiet doesn't like the idea of some of these people just wanting
         to march straight down to the base of the mount.  "As I said
         before, it's really, really unwise to simply walk down there from
         this direction. Perhaps a short march to the side?"

           "And another thing...these Vong seem to have very lax security.
         Where are they?  Shouldn't they have flyers up searching for their
         own enemies?"

           Zhou looks around, "to the side of what? The mountain?
         From what we saw the mount is surrounded by the forest but
         a inner ring of open area.  Unless the north east side and
         north area is different we can't tell for sure.  We can only
         guess at this point."

           Farseeker grunts, "they are likely overconfident in their
         security.  But I suspect their fliers are just like any
         animal.  They might fear the storm, especially lightning, so
         avoid flying during it.  They would be good targets to be
         hit by such a thing.  The theory could've been tested if Whitney
         had gotten his magic spell off before he got blinded by it.  I
         suspect once the storm stops we might see more of them."

           Finally, Kiet muses a bit..."Hmmm...is there some way to put a 
         glamour or such on the Vong themselves?  I mean, if they were
         radiating mana, for instance, might their own bugs mistake them
         for us?"

           Caladan rubs his wet chin, "that is a very interesting question.
         It could work but their resistance might block the spell from
         attaching to it...hmmmm"

           When it becomes clear that scouting is needed, Fremea begins
         to gather up her bow and spyglass.  "This may take a little bit
         to scout it out. Put a marker as to where you are going."

           Z'leyra says, "Okay, let us find a concealed spot where the rest
         can wait and the teleport can be keyed to."

           Fremea plucks a hair from her head and hands it gently to Z'leyra
         in some awe and concern.  It seems okay to give over a piece of
         herself to an ally but she always was told that such a thing can
         give magic power over her.

           Farseeker pulls off his glove to let them dry out a bit from
         the rain.  he realizes the party has been gone for 137 days
         according to his math since they left Marentia.  A full third
         of a year has passed.  He watches Z'leyra and Fremea work and
         leans into to whisper to Caladan. "Already starting with a big
         spell.  Just hope they can't locate use before things begin.
         Then the issue of saving magic power for the final battle."
         He recalls Cloud Base and how even Z'leyra ran out of mana. 

         Actions? Comments?

         Next Update...Friday...

         GM: A short update.  Got some last minute emails and posts.
             I don't have time to process the spells for the item
             tonight.  So will finish the item, the scouting by
             Fremea and looks like Will alone in the forest in then
             next update.  I'm off Thursday but will likely work on
             it late night Wednesday.  Any posts that come in Thursday
             I can add but no guarantee all get in.  Stay tuned for
             results.  BTW so we can go in advance.  If there is
             something in particular you might want to take with you
             if you leave the horses it is a good time to let me know
             now.  I'll assume weapons, armor, healing stuff, magic
             items are taken as would expect.  but spare large weapons
             or food or such may not.  If there is something unusual
             like a book that need to be taken let me know.  

         GM: Minor web updates:
             * Contact file updated - Removed Chris's info.  I believe
               Mark and David may want to update their email info?
             * Adventure Timeline: Just updated the timeline history.

         GM: We are 90%+ done with adventure.  Cleaning up files I notice
             no one has thought of possible spell tweaks.  I did have one
             to talk about it but that was it.

         GM: Just a minor FYI at this point party treasure is about 71
             gold.  But I've not includes the pirate treasure funds
             but still may be a handful of gold cons for each survivor.

         GM: Anyone interested if I put the first 3 adventures on the
             website?  Folks can read/reference them like Clima if
             you guys want?

         GM: Generic map of area in rough form.

             /I\ = North
              1 Row    = Half a mile [around 2640 feet]
              1 Column = Almost 1/10th mile [Around 410 feet each column]

              4 Miles by 4 miles 

                       1         2         3         4        5
             I           %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%                     I A
             I        %%%%%%%%%%%%%   % %%%% 7                  I B
             I6    %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%       %%%%  %%%%%   4        I C
             I       %%%%%%%%%%%%%   X    %%%%%%%%%%%           I D
             I    %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%        %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%       i E
             I5      %%%%%%%%%%P%%        %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%       I F
             I           %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%                   I G
             I        3            2              1             I H

             X = Rising Mount [D24] -  1,000 feet high, 1,000 feet wide
             1 = Mountain     [H37] - 10,000 feet high
             2 = Mountain     [H22] -  8,700 feet high
             3 = Mountain     [H9 ] -  5,600 feet high
             4 = Mountain     [C42] -  8,000 feet high
             5 = Mountain     [F1 ] -  6,900 feet high
             6 = Mountain     [C1 ] -  6,400 feet high
             7 = Mountain     [b32] -  8,450 feet high
             % = Forested area major tree area
             P = Party place  [F18]    Forest ground

             Party is now about 2,000 odd feet to the Rising
             Mount inside the forest.  Can move deeper if needed.
             Party is about 500 feet from edge of clearing at this

             All heights are estimates.  

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