[pnpgm] Game Update #233 - File #1437 - Battle begins!
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HT Aliaver/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
R1.David Sanders.........Kiet.Sunan........Acrobat Normal/Human Ma
R4.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
R1 NPC...................Zhou Kiwat........Noble...Normal/Human..Ma
Animals: Corona [Eagle] Z'leyra, Tef'wo (Horse) Ben'dar,
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Game Update #233 in sequence (file #1437)
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From Unali: [Re: Actions]
Scott, welcome back. In the mean time the list and p&p site
are back up as well. Hope all stays this way.
"Arawn makes a fair point. Although I see no reason why...
GM: Ack. Finally just replaced the SSD it hopefully is the
center of the corruption to Windows. We shall see how
From Fremea: [Re: Actions]
Fremea just nods at Unali. "It would be good for me to ....
From Z'leyra: [Re: Actions]
Z'leyra states "I can only cast Mind Shield on those that...
She knows that she will have to keep enough mana in reserve
to cast the spells against the portal, so that will limit her
Mind Sendings to EL0 and may limit the EL of her Mind Shields
From Kell: [Re: Actions]
Ha'Kell thinks for all of three seconds, then politely
turns down the Mind Shield. There isn't much there to
shield he thinks, smiles, then says, "Thanks for the offer.
From Alex: [Re: Computer issues]
GM: Ack. So far so good but only a couple days. We'll take
it day by day at this point with this computer.
From Z'leyra: [Re: Actions]
Starting with Will, Z'leyra will use EL0 Mind Sending to
contact those that want the Mind Shield. Before the party
goes after the brain she will cast Mind Shield on them.
GM: Ack. On Will? Don't see a post on that. Guess you talked
live on that so will assume he wants a Shield as well.
From Arawn: [Re: Actions]
Sorry for the delay in replying to things. I've been dealing
with a lot lately and haven't been able to read the updates
for the last two weeks.
"I understand," he replied to Unali, acknowledging her ....
GM: Ack. No problem no updates for last 2 weeks. :) hope all is
better. Remember ALL I can hold the game if personal issues
dictate need more free time. I do when have issues.
[Augado 10th, 1634TH]
[Location: Middle Katai Plains]
[ Mountains west of Pamau]
[Time: 2:46:00pm - 2:51:25pm]
Arawn seems to fend off her reverie of worry and
frustration for the Katai people she loves and hates.
Some don't deserve to be helped but she does have family
in this land. If it weren't for that maybe a good shake
up in the Empire would do a good thing. But at last she
comes back to reality and ends the debate.
"Arawn makes a fair point. Although I see no reason why the
Brain I saw would be a fake, the fact that they must be aware
of us and waiting reduces our chances. If they can spring a
surprise from a different location that could be disastrous.
On the other hand, if the Brain and portal are genuine, that
gives the Brain a supply of new warriors through the portal.
Delay in closing that portal could be a disaster as well.
We move up these stairs as a group. Fremea flies up to scout
the stairs ahead of us. Please stay out of sight of the Brain,
so stay a few metres aside or above the cave opening. I would
like the Mental Shield thing on the forward group at least, or
all of us that might enter the cave if possible. Anything else
that can help, Battle Mind, Speed?
When we get just below the cave opening on the stairs, Kell
can send in the elementals first, and other help that we can
bring if available. Their task would be to attack the brain.
Then we rush in to assist, and the plan will be fluid from
that point I guess.
Farseeker, Arawn, Raban, with myself, will you make the
forward group? Attack the Vong guards first and open the
entrance for the others. Chion, would you stand by to get us
all out of there if this fails miserably? Kell, Fremea, up for
the task? if Fremea spots something, above, or on the stairs,
we decide quickly based on what it is, but move down and meet
it in the open seems the best strategy.
Arawn, It is probably not the best of plans, but the risk of
delay is great as well. Strong objections, then please voice
them now. Else I am willing to receive that Mind Shield.
And for your safety (addressing the girl) stay at the back
of the group, but do not trail more than a few metres behind.
I am not sure it is safe down here or I would suggest you stay.
Stay close, stay silent, and I am sure we will get you out of
Fremea just nods at Unali. "It would be good for me to have
the mind shield too." She then hovers around, seeming impatient.
Z'leyra states, "I can only cast Mind Shield on those that I
first contact with Mind Sending. For those that agree I will make
a minimal Mind Sending to contact their minds then cast Mind
Shield on them."
Ha'Kell thinks for all of three seconds, then politely
turns down the Mind Shield. There isn't much there to shield
he thinks, smiles, then says, "Thanks for the offer. Whilst
it may help, hopefully we can defeat the brain without
getting that close."
"I understand," Arawn replied to Unali, acknowledging her
concerns. "It's just something about this doesn't feel right
but I'll go along with the plan."
"I can form a Battle Mind with those in the forward group
if the three of you are willing," he said looking from Unali
to Farseeker and Raban. "And if any are interested I can also
increase ones battle might, invoking the Fist of Battle, for
anyone wielding a sword or striking unarmed for a time, enhance
armor for period, or turn us invisible. A blessing can also be
performed by either Raban or myself.
As to the Mind Shield, I can cast it but in truth I am but a
novice with that spell and not sure if the defense afforded will
be worth the cost."
As he waited to hear what the others wished he added, "I'll
cast these spells as needed, at least the Battle Mind, but each
casting takes time and drains mana that might be needed later."
His thoughts drifted back to the first time they encountered
a creature like this, when Ben'dar sensed what was likely this
World-Brain when he connected to the Lake Oca guardian using
"In the meantime, while we prepare and head up, perhaps it
might prove worthwhile to go over what we may know of the Brain.
I recall Ben'dar sensing a greater creature, likely the World-
Brain, when he bonded with the Lake Oca guardian using the Claw.
I believe he mentioned that he did not sense malice or evil, only
a desire to guard, to perform it's duty or program. He was able
to use this bond to distract that brain from killing Bohusara,
sending it the sensation that a greater threat appeared that
needed to be guarded against.
We might not have the Claw but perhaps I or another can
attempt to commune with it in an effort to influence it.
In addition, it seemed to react very unpleasantly to
electricity, vanishing beneath the water and shocking Ben'dar
into unconsciousness for a short time, I imagine from the shared
sensation of pain. And afterwards we found it dead on the shore
of the lake, possibly killed by the lightning if not Bohusara's
creations. Knowing this in might be worthwhile to attempt to use
Lightning and similar magics on it as they might prove especially
And if we can get the prisoner out of the area we might be
able to use the contents of the barrels as a conductor, assuming
they hold water, and electrocute the rest of the Vong in the
He paused, a thoughtful expression on his face as he considered
something. "I believe the Sidh gods, or at least my parents, were
with us at Lake Oca and I believe they will bless us now, due
to both threat of Vong and the Eldest Serpents connection to
this place. I would pray for their blessing for our success and
welcome any who wish to join in prayer."
Will nods and says, "It's good to move out... beats waiting."
[Time: 2:51:25pm - 2:53:17pm]
Farseeker turns away from the group and faces the stairs. HE
rolls his eyes at the Alfar going over about the Brain. He
thinks to himself - if it is alive it can be killed that's all
I need to know. The warrior sighs when he hears the Alfar
offering to talk to the Brain and commune with it. He turns
his head around and speaks. "Tell you what. You talk to it
while I kill it. The distraction of it sucking out your spine
with those tentacle things should be a good distraction." He
Caladan leans on his magical war staff and raises a hand to
bring attention. "I can do lightning as well against the Brain.
In fact this here can do it." He taps his staff. "But I'm a
bit more powerful in fire."
Ben'dar then claps his hands and says. "Now let's kill some
Vong!" He then steps forward to the stairs.
As Farseeker turns to face the stairs he begins to settle into
his military training. As leader of 200 men he can organize the
tactics and organize the groups based on skills. He doesn't want
to disregard away Unali's orders so adapts to them. "Okay.
Unali and myself will take the left entrance guard. Raban and
Arawn will take the right guard. Caladan and Ben'dar will come
behind for support. Caladan will need to get ready to cast his
spells. Ben'dar should defend him then fight if spells are cast.
Will, I suggest since your not as fast now that you use your bow
to fire on the other guards in the cave. Once the forward group
is in battle Z'leyra, Kiet and Kell can join. Kell and Kiet can
throw their spears and javelins as the elementals battle the
brain. Kiet if you can help Kell and Lin with defense. Lin and
Chion can stay back for reinforcements. We don't know how this
brain will handle multiple people. It could have the power to
control all of us. But maybe it will be over taxed. These
groups are good to help fight your partner who may be controlled.
Chion and Fremea should keep our back watch the stairs. Let's
As Ben'dar gets to the steps a tremor occurs through out the
mountain. It rocks for about 3 seconds then ends as the earthquake
Farseeker taps Ben'dar's shoulder and whispers. "If Raban goes
berserk take him out as quickly as you can with Chion. If I got
berserk kill me here." He raises his tunic to reveal a piece of
chainmail just above his waist which is devoid of armor.
Ben'dar nods but does not say anything. He knows he could be
taken down easily but the three big threats are Raban, Chion and
Farseeker. Farseeker alone could take out half the party before
he was killed. Raban could do that without breaking a sweat.
Farseeker motions for others to climb the steps. When he notices
Arawn he grabs his arm. "I will not hesitate to kill the Brain.
You will have seconds to talk to it if you need to. But if he
commands other troops through that portal we are lost. I would
like that Battle Mind spell." He looks to Raban. "Raban maybe
you should as well." He knows that a battle mind might alert
others if one of the other members suddenly lose mental control
due to the Brain.
Raban nods, "fine with me. But I'll also take that Fist of
Battle. Did you say it could help with my hands? I can bless
others as we get near the cave." Raban knows that his hands
could kill in one blow but to do it even harder would quicken
the battle in their favor.
[Time: 2:53:17pm - 2:56:00pm]
The group begins their climb up the 300 feet of steps to
the first cave. Normally would be a fast 30 seconds of walking
but being cautious the group takes their time. Fremea visible
takes to the outside and hovers 2-3 flights of stairs up above
the group. She readies her bow just in case. She also takes
a side glance at the other stairs on the other side of the large
chamber. It would take a good while for the Vong to get to this
side but never know what is on side to help them.
Farseeker then recalls the girl and tells her. "Stay with
Chion." He points to the sailor. "Yes the large man. He'll
protect you. Do not enter the cave."
Farseeker leaves the girls to find Kell and Caladan. "How long
do you need to summon the rocks and use your fireball?"
Caladan quickly answers. "At least ten seconds for a good
fireball. The staff maybe 3-6 seconds for the lightning."
Fremea hovers nearby watching the others ascend. They
joked about one lone Vong attacking them. They'll soon find
it was much more.
Sure enough the first slew of Vong warriors are found. One,
two, three and much more. Clearly they are all dead from arrows
likely from Fremea. Some are pelted with arrows up to four
in one body. Some heads, noses, necks and cheeks also have
a arrow or two on random warriors. By the time the group
gets near the top area just below the Brain cave a total of
20 warriors including the one on the ground are found. So
that means that Fremea single-handedly killed 19.
[Time: 2:56:00pm - Current]
GM: Ok. We've finally started to move through. I had hoped
the week off would allow me to know who wanted what on
terms of spells. For final actions. But based on emails
nothing came on. So we'll move on. This Debbie storm
caused a lot of damage to mom's house. Den got a bit
flooded. So will have to replace carpet and such So
these things happen. We'll move on and hope this thing
recovers our sanity and helps stress. We may have no
control over life but we can these things we call our
GM: Rough sketch of plans -
Raban, Arawn, Unali, Farseeker - Forward attack (Left
and Right guards).
Caladan, Ben'dar - Bows, Melee and spells on second attack
Will - Bow as reinforcement combatant
Z'leyra, Lin, Kiet, Kell - Backup melee with Spear/Javelins
Chion, Girl - Stairs as backup
Fremea - Hovering outside stairs
Spells wanted -
Raban - Battle Mind, Fists of battle, Bless
Unali - Mind Shield
Farseeker - Battle Mind, Bless (Raban)
Fremea - Mind Shield
Will - Mind Shield
Note: Keep in mind Mind Shield will include a EL0 Mind
Sending for connection.
Chion - Assuming your still reading you will have to
control him. So if the team needs a quick teleport
escape you have to act.
Fremea - Since your sort of not slated for the cave
itself do you still want the mind shield?
Kell - Will assume you send the elementals behind the
brain in the south from the wall. I will have to
check your range to see if this is able to be done.
Well just checked. Bit of a problem. Range is EL
so that's 20 or 30 if you use the language. Brain
is at least 70 feet or more from the entrance. So
can't send them behind it. But could from the stairs
inside the cave. Then they can lumber toward it. Remind
me on the spells or language if you use that for the things
to cast. .
Kiet- Who is your target for the 1 Javelin? Brain or
GM: If there are other actions you will need to let me know.
The time it takes to go up the stairs - 53:17-56;00
will be good for spell casting. So you can have almost
a 2.5 minute time frame. Course keep in mind long
spell/actions will delay the group but simple spells
can allow you to catch up on the stairs. Once the
battle begins there will be no retro actions for spell
castings. Monday I can start the battle. I will do
the spell casting pre-combat and once the attack on the
forward guards and/or the elementals attack first I'll
slow down to 2 phases per update.
GM: Spells active
Will - Armor Transmutation
* = Soon to end (next update?]. I may NOT post this
info unless I remember to do so. :)
Mount Side View -
Scale - 1 Column = 15 feet
1 Row = 50 feet North=wall facing screen
[Looking from one wall to the other wall. Toward North
wall with back to south wall. Looking east/west.]
1 2 3 4 5
I### Fake Vong ceiling ###IA
Cave 1-> `# #`G<-#4
Cave 2-> `# #`I<-#5
Cave 3-> `# World Brain--> #`K<-#6
I# @ <-Portal #IN
Mount I#T T#IO
I Y<X IQ
I Z IR
I = Rock wall, #=Vong ladder structure
` = Entrance to cave [open mostly]
_ = Rock floor (Row P) ground floor
A = Vong Bowl Home (10' high)
V = Vong flyer
T = Vong Tower (30' high)
],[=Base of Vong tower (wooden)
X = Rabbit Hole opening 30' wide below cavern to tunnels
Y = Tunnel of Treasure/Sentry cave (under ground floor)
Z = Pit/Lake caves below elevation of Treasure cave tunnel
1-6= Side caves on east/west walls
* World Brain cave
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Portal - Center is L29 going diagonal bottom left to top right.
30' wide and 30' high shimmering portal
World Brain = @@ 25' by 20' wide. Tentacles are 15' long
* = Wooden Barrels
V = Vong Warrior [F4, J4, F14, F15, M14, M15]
H = Human Brigader [I14, J14]
S = Shaper [E26, H33]
P = Human Prisoner [E29, H23]
],'= Stairs ledge to stairs
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