btw Herlock ended up quitting the game so it’ll just be you three from now on.
Calim Gorn:Heh, typical
Calim Gorn:Works out for me, I’ve got a token wife who lets me sleep around and doesn’t pry into my affairs, lol
DM:yeah for story purposes basically it’ll work well because Sef told on what Alyssa was involved in
so we’ll basically conisder that the queen is keeping a close eye on her, and she won’t be adventuring with you anymore
What that she was trying to establish ties to the Farmer’s Guild?
DM:Nah, that they basically sent her into the same location they dropped the fire orb into.
Calim Gorn:Ah, heh
DM:The thing Sef wasn’t supposed to tell anyone on penalty of treason, but did anyway.
Calim Gorn:lol, yeah
Just don’t have them execute him or he’ll be back to making a new character again =P
DM:lol. yeah I’m pretty sure if they execute him, I’ll just start a new campaign insttead of doing that waiting peroid.
That waiting period is torture.
On a side note, if I ever run Savage Worlds I think I know what I wanna do with it.
Think I’m gonna try an X-COM themed campaign.
DM:Though probably a little more centralized in the sense that you guys are gonna have to do the research and such yourselves as opposed to just being solidrs and having scientists research in the background.
So a little more cinematic in that regard, where you’ve got soldier/scientists and such.
But I think Savage would do well with that setting anyway.
Calim Gorn:Yeah it should
I’ve got my build for Star Wars all figured out, now I only need anothewr 765 XP
you got it mapped out for the next 700+ XP?
Calim Gorn:Not in the sense of like, take this here and this there, but I threw in everything I wanted in the character editor and that’s how many additional XP it told me I needed
DM:heh, I dont’ even know where the next 10 of my XP is going :P
After next session I’ll have enough to up Lightsaber to 3 yellow
And after that I’m gonna take the Enhance thing that ups Brawn by 1
DM:I mean I like the SW ruels in that I don’t really gotta worry too mcuh about that stuff, 3E/PF is really the only game I ever did full builds for any of my characters.
Since you basically had to in that system.
Calim Gorn:Yeah heh
I like being able to just toss the points where I feel like
DM:Yeah, I mean it’s pretty solid for a point based XP system.
Doens’t let you get totally unbalanced like GURPS does. I mean a lot of it comes from the dice mechanic too
since having say 6 weapon skill doesn’t make you unstoppable really.
Speaking of point based systems I read over Shadowrun 5E so I wanted to maybe give that a shot at some point psosibly.
Calim Gorn:Oh lord
Yeah I thought you’d be overjoyed at the thought :P
Hopefully this time with a bit more direction than last game. I sorta didn’t give you guys enough directiion in last game heh.
Still remember the original clusterfuck in that game we tried lol.
Calim Gorn:Yeah I still don’t know how we were supposed to accomplish that mission =P
DM:lol well my friend IRL said he thought he could do the mission solo :P
Calim Gorn:The Shadowrun game we tried a while back
Sefiros:cant be worse than the session of Big Eyes Small Mouth T ran where the airship crashed and we drowned like in the first session
Nah this was actually worse probably.
Sefiros:that was the original version of Aylanae too i think wasnt it?
DM:The shadowrun game basically ended upwtih like… us quitting the game midbattle cause they were so fucked.
DM:They cut the power at the power generator downstairs, and then sent a guy into the vents. The vent guy botched a stealth roll, and the mercs heard him, so they started autofiring into the vents.
meanwhile somehow the PCs were shocked that the mercs sent a groupo to investigate the power outage… so the mercs caught em by surprised in the generator room
Sefiros:i mean at least getting pwnt or tpk’ed in battle is not embarassing as just botching vehicle and swim checks and dying in humiliation
DM:and basically started fucking em up.
Sefiros:it was like the anime version of rocks fall
DM:Bascally their group had no plan at all really lol. :P
And this was after I gave em three whole sessions to plan the mission.
Calim Gorn:Yeah I mean I don’t see how we were supposed to get past all that shit though, lol
DM:Finally they just decided to go with basicalyl no plan. lol.
Calim Gorn:There were guards like everywhere
DM:There were 6 mercs and you had 6 people lol
Calim Gorn:And the systems were too fortified to hack into or something
Geralt:yeah, i would be up for either of those, the Shadowrun 5e (always wanted to try it out) or the Savage deal, pretty much anything in savage I’m game for
Sefiros:well thats like 9/10ths of your D&D quests
“How the fuck are we suppose to get past all this shit…”
Calim Gorn:lol yeah
Sefiros:the sewer for example
that was just pure fuckin luck
DM:heh yeah the sewer was very difficult.
Sefiros:when i went back and checked my map vs yours, it was totally wrong
i got lucky that i ended up in the right spot
DM:The Shadowrun actually I don’t think was all that tough.
Sefiros:since my blind map i was doing on graph paper was totally wrong
DM:Like I made it to be a moderately difficult introductory mission.
Sefiros:i dunno how i even messed it up, since i think i was just like taking all rights or lefts
DM:Like I said one of my IRL friends who played a bit of shadowrun said he thouught he could do it solo.
HIs comment was like “Just 6 mercs? I’d do that solo”
Geralt:not that i hate this or anyhting but i would be willing to switch to either of those, M&M is fine and I like my character but i’m just not “feelin’ it” if you get what i mean
Sefiros:so whats G talking about
yall starting a new camp
he always mentions killing the campaign and playing savage worlds at every conversation :-p
Calim Gorn:No T was just commenting on systems he’d like to try at some point
DM:Nah we’re not starting a new camp. I was just mentioning stuff for the future.
Geralt:and talk ing about people quiting
Sefiros:ah ok wasnt sure if yall had a new game
DM:Also herlock quit this game heh.
Calim Gorn:Not yet
Though Herlock did quit lol
Sefiros:he’s been quit since the beginning
DM:Though I still wanted to continue this game, unless you guys really wanted to switch heh.
Sefiros:i didnt even consider him a pc to be honest lol
DM:Since I got more stuff fo rthis campaign.
Sefiros:nah i like it
Calim Gorn:I’d rather continue this for now
Sefiros:every time we get to when the story actually starts, is when it gets cancelled
Geralt:nah, just throwing it out there that you don; have to worry about hurting my feelings if you decide to change
Calim Gorn:After finally figuring out that shit with Adron I feel like we actually accomplished something
Sefiros:all previous iterations were more about the intro lol
we never really got to play the main story till now
Geralt:sometimesa GM will stick with something for fear the others want him to keep it going
Calim Gorn:Well in this case I do want him to keep it going lol
Sefiros:i told herlock, he was basically just still doing the intro, that we hadnt really even gotten to the game proper really before
in regards to training etc
Calim Gorn:Herlock is just a fucking flake
He’s like this in every game
Sefiros:but whatever, i didntexpect him to stick around anyway
Calim Gorn:He starts off interested and then his attention span nose dives faster than a rock tied to a lead weight
DM:Yeah heh, well it works storywise almost perfectly anyway with Alyssa exiting after what Sef told the queen
Geralt:though i get the feelign that Herlock will be out no matter what we do
Sefiros:nah i mean like i said, i didnt really consider him a pc anymore anyways for a long time
Sefiros:he always plays video games even when he is here heh
Calim Gorn:Yeah heh
DM:I’m not planning on geting herlock back in regardless.
Sefiros:thats just him
it dont matter what campaign or system
Sefiros:he makes characters up faster than the doctor regenerates
DM:Herlock has gaming ADD.
he cant seem to stick with any char long at all, even in same camp
Geralt:hehe, the opposite of Sef huh? :)
Sefiros:like his wiz in our PF game, i thought was gonna last
then he like went bonkers over the satyrs out of the blue
and i knew, nope still same herlock lol
DM:heh, yeah he can only go so far before snapping. :P
Sefiros:yeah i made so many versions of mina up because i never got to really play the damn char
DM:Kinda like this one PC I had IRL that always played paladins but eventualyl he’d get sick of being the lawful good guy and like totally turn evil
Sefiros:G kept making new campaigns :-p
DM:heh. yeah that is true. I mean you didn’t play her too long in RA>
and the GURPS game you didn’t even really finish a mission with her.
Calim Gorn:All right well let’s get this show on the road then
Sefiros:as for hachi, he was just an idea i wanted to try out, i wasnt sure if i wanted to play him or not when i even made him, he was an old M&M char idea i had, it was either him or Sef
Geralt:haha, well several were just demos
Sefiros:but sef is a templar now, and i didnt really wanna play a templar
so i made mina instead
just wanted to try hachi before i made mina or sef
or that was my plan originally
plus mina wasnt imbued, so hard to do at the begining
yeah before we start tho
any players we got to fill a slot?
i dont know who all plays in your other games
Calim Gorn:Not really heh
Geralt:only one i know is cedric
Calim Gorn:I don’t think Cedric would do well with this game, he’s about all there is
Sefiros:yeah as for alyssa splitting and me telling the queen, i actually expected that her reaction was a conventient way to get rid of herlock’s character story wise, so i figured you did that on purpose
Geralt:or Ty, though don;t know his style well beond Star Wars
Calim Gorn:Could see if he’s interested at least
Sefiros:at this rate, i’ll be queen, all the toress are being knocked off
Geralt:knocked off or knocked up?
Sefiros:i think they got plenty of moon tea, or whatever T’s abortion method is
they strangely dont seem to get knocked up any ive seen
DM:hehe yeah, they can prevent abortions.
They got alchemical stuff.
Sefiros:mina is result of such a fling tho
she was a bastard
that was legitimized later
i havent decided on who her father is technically
Calim Gorn:If you live long enough that you’re the only heir in that line of the family you’re legitimate whether they like it or not lol
Sefiros:i’ll try to write up some more backstory stuff later
DM:Yeah not all the Toress are quite so calculating about everything.
Sefiros:after i consult with T
DM:Well I mean once you get past the immediate family and deep in the lines of succession quite often legitimacy is about who can really the biggest army
Sefiros:some lord i know
Sefiros:she’s highborn, just out of wedlock
she isnt from the queens direct line i dont think
like cheisas grandmother and my mother were siblings or some such generally speaking
not sure who is ahead between me and ellenya succession wise
since we both come from sibling lines
DM:Well Linea and Sylara are after the main lineage, then Alarya and Ellenya.
Then someone else, though at that point probably anyone with even a vague claim could probably try to usurp.
Sefiros:well i was mostly refering to the generational deal
Calim Gorn:Ellenya is happy to just not be in the immediate line of succession, otherwise they’d be clamoring to marry her off
DM:So I mean you’d be like… deep in succession at this point.
Sefiros:she wouldnt accept it even if they offered
theyd have to nail her to the throne
Calim Gorn:You’re like the designated survivor, if all the rest of the family gets nuked then you get tapped
Sefiros:she’d adbicate either way
DM:Stake you to it.
Sefiros:so no worry
DM:Then you aint’ going anywhere
Can use magic to move your mouth :P
Sefiros:i think technically she was a princess in the past tho
DM:Yeah though likely you’d have assumed a new identity as far as the empire is concerned so people don’t know you’rea vampire or suspect the weird shit.
Since you were asleep most of your life as a vampire.
Sefiros:nah i just meant when she was young, she was technically a princess title wise
i dont know what generation
DM:So I’m assuming most people don’t know the secret besides immediate family, and House Illuvian.. cause they know shit.
Sefiros:go back far enough at some pt
id have to dig up our old conversations
Calim Gorn:Yeah they know all our secret dirt
Calim Gorn:They’re probably trying to figure out how to blackmail me and Laventa right now
Sefiros:nah actually i only included that bit, so she can technically be the “Vampire Princess”
DM:heh… well yeah if they can potetnially put you in a position of power…
Sefiros:was just a story nod to G’s game
where Zura, the vamp queen was her mother
it was just backstory justification for the title
Calim Gorn:Well I’m like 4th in the succession for House Gorn, so… Only gotta kill like 3 other people
DM:Well it’s probably your wife they’re more concerned about. Who knows maybe Alyssa will get brainwashed.
Calim Gorn:Or just wait until I outlive them
Sefiros:i was going more for the Oberon is a prince, than wanting to actually become ruler
Calim Gorn:Meh they can do whatever they want with Alyssa, I don’t care about her =P
Sefiros:yeah could say she has the cipher benefit or whatever
where its hard to find info on a person
i didnt spend a pt on it tho
DM:heh.. yeah maybe you can take that at some point if you wanted to be deliberately concealed.
Calim Gorn:Anyway I’m ready to start when you guys are
DM:Anyway.. yeah. lets get started.
Sefiros:yeah i’ll hammer out details later
you know the general pts well enough
she’s like 80+ years old at minimum, was technically a princess in her youth, etc
i dont know how long or when she went into torpor, but she did spend some time in slumber for quite a while
DM:All the buzz going around Aylanae is about the big offensive coming up, of course it’s something they’re putting you on the sidelines for, as you’re not yet fully trained enough to handle it, so you’re being kept in reserve on whatevrt the Templar happen to be sending you on..
Geralt:in other words we’re the errand bitches
Calim Gorn:Heh, Geralt was taking Laaza back to talk to the Earth Demons again, hopefully that went off without a hitch
Sefiros:“Well it’s probably your wife they’re more concerned about. Who knows maybe Alyssa will get brainwashed.”
Calim Gorn:Would go to check up on him once we get done in Aylanae
Sefiros:who are you refering to by “They”?
Calim Gorn:House Illuvian
Sefiros:ah ok i see
it was them you meant about them knowing “our dirt”
DM:Yeah, they’re the heart of every good conspiracy theory. :P
Sefiros:yeah well i included them as well
DM:You could always go see Calim’s relative Darien Gorn, he’s Aylanae’s resident tin-foil hat.
Sefiros:one rumor was theyre the source for her vampirism, some kind of curse on her father
anyways havent hammered out details, but its a rumor if nothin else
thats why i put in that “Blood Curse” complication
alright sorry, im rambling
btw, does Sachi still play in G’s game?
Calim Gorn:Yeah she’s in the Star Wars game
Sefiros:ok i wasnt sure if she was still around or not
DM:Anyway… the big news that you’ve possibly gathered to see (if you wanted to) was the supposed emergence of a new soldier to battle… the member of Dragon band known as Sefiros, sebnt to mindDeath is finally being revealed by the templar… apparently cutting his training shiort to bring another soldier to the field.
Sefiros:their next reveal is a green haired woman with a slavecrown and shiadar
Calim Gorn:Is this while Geralt is away or after he’s finished up his bit?
DM:Oh wait.. lemme do Geralt’s bit…
I tiotally forgot about that yeah lets start with him.
Sefiros:what are you talkin about with sef anyways
Calim Gorn:I mean I’m fine if you want to just say he accomplished it successfully =P
Geralt:haha, thans a lot.. so memorable
DM:OKay… Geralt arrives in Ronen making his way to the forest with Laaza.. (I asume you want to contact em in the same place)
Sefiros:they have some public ceremony on new templars?
DM:(Heh just got a lot of stuff I got to remember in this campaign :P )
assume that the known location of contact
DM:And yeah ther was gonna be a ceremony, but you’ll have to wait until after G’s ceremony for the unveiling of new Sef.
Okay.. you meet back in the original place, trying to be discreet as possible (I assume). Going at nightfall while Laaza performs the rituals…
Mina Toress:they chopped his hand off as part of fraternity prank
I’ll def go with them, since she’s never seen an earth demon in person before
unless theyre doing it without telling me
DM:The ritual takes something out of him… though as he finishes pounding his staff into the ground in about 10 minutes you see a stone humanoid creature rise out of the ground with ruby-eyes.
Calim Gorn:This was while we were at Aylanae
Mina Toress:unless its just G doing this
Calim Gorn:With the Hydra
Mina Toress:i wasnt sure
DM:Yeah you guys were at Aylanae, only G for this meeting
DM:Laaza gives what you guess is a greeting.
Speaking in the earth demon tongue known as Vorr, or att least some dialect of it.. as he’s told you the demons here have a different tongue.
Or a different dialect rather that he some trouble understanding
Geralt:for some reason i picture these earth demons like those in Dragon Age
DM:heh I never played Dragon Age beyond the intro.
So not sure what those look like.
Earth Demons in general are some cross between earth elementals and stone golems D&D speaking at least in general
of course they come in diff types.
Some are purely metallic too. but they don’t actualyl have blood, just like sand, dirt and stone inside.
Laaza:“He seems to know of the destruction of their enemy.”
“I believe he’s surprised you would help him, being a creature of the air.”
Geralt:“Great, so is averything good now?”
DM:Laaza speaks a few more lines with the earth demon.
Calim Gorn:(Remember they need to avoid the giant ball of fire)
Geralt:“Perhaps now they know we can seek common ground and don;t hav eto be enemies.”
no pun intended
Laaza:“The Earth spirits of this land say they have become calmed. The humans here have nothing to fear.”
DM:The earth demons peaks again with its cold almost emotionless tongue (hard to read a literal face of stone)… and Laaza speaks back, apparnetly surprised by something he said, and asking questions… and th two have an exchange in the Vorr language.
Geralt:“Tell them that there is a danger in that area and not to go there.”
Laaza:"He seems to be giving a warning, though not from his people… he says there isn’t much time left for us, and to seek him out when the… *speaks a word in Vorr… comes."
Laaza:“I’m not familiar with the word… but from what I gather from it, it’s a thing that will bring great destruction.”
Geralt:“I think we may know of the same danger.”
DM:He speaks a bit more to the earth demon.
Laaza:“He’s seen the thing that remains in the Earth, or at least the earth spirits are familiar with it. He says it’s the first part of what is to come.”
Geralt:this is earth demon with the fre orb… http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/dragonage/images/4/41/Rage_demon_concept_art.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20090318060548
Calim Gorn:(Interesting, so they know what the sphere is)
Laaza:“He says that the time has come to renew the pacts of old.”
Geralt:and apparently more to come
“What pacts are those?
DM:Laaza speaks to the earth demon again.
Geralt:unless Geralt knows he means the old pacts with the clans and the earth spirits
then wouldn’t ask that
DM:Yeah give mee a druidic check
See if you know what he’s talking about.
You do know legends (or rather blasphemies) spread primiarly by the people of Tinigath, about deals with the earth demons that were supposedly brokered in the past between the clans of Yt (before itw as known by that name) where they took shelter from the Earth Spirits beneath the earth to avoid some great danger.
It is where much of the worship of the earth demons in Tinigath’s lore comes from, the idea that the Earth Demons offer salvation from above (commonly used as a recruit agains the empire)
Such a thing is considered blasphemous among the empire. And most of the druids of Yt say such a thing may be a legend that never occured… Saveron and his Sun clan specifically denounce the earth spirits as demons similar to the empire itself.
The empire’s philosophy that is.
Some druids have established a middle ground where they say that the Earth Demons are insane Earth Spirits.
That the spirits of the Earth aren’t all evil, but some were corrupted by something.
Geralt:(Yeah, everyone has an agenda, why they gotta go around hating all the time? Just cause they look different. Eath Spirit lives matter!)
really even calling them earth spirits instead of earth demons usualyl draws some degree of suspicion among the hardcore in the empire.
Calim Gorn:(There’s probably like a Earth version of Aylanae somewhere down there and they’re all like “Not all the Air Spirits are bad, some are just insane”)
Geralt:ok, so they running off afte this warning?
DM:Nah he’s stiull there for now.
So you could ask him sometthing else perhaps.
Geralt:“Will we find you here when that time comes, and how will we know?”
DM:Laaza converses a bit with him.
Laaza:“He says his people will answer the old summons if they can. He says you will know.”
Calim Gorn:lol, nice and cryptic
Laaza:“He says to you not to trust the false ones. The air that is not air.”
Geralt:“The air that is not air? What is that?”
Laaza:“It is the best he could explain it with my limited understanding of his language.”
“But whtever the false ones are, it seems to be the root of the destruction…”
Calim Gorn:(Don’t trust the warrior!)
Mina Toress:should be “dont trust the drunk”
DM:He talks a bit more to the earth demon…
Laaza:“He says that once there were more… now you are all that’s left. THe doing of the false ones.”
Geralt:“I’m the last?”
Laaza:“Hmm I believe he’s referring to your kind.”
“Likely the fact that you have blood of air.”
“Ancient tales tell of air spirits… but they all disappeared. I beleive that is what he is speaking of.”
Calim Gorn:(Sure would be nice to have access to that library in the archmage tower)
Laaza:“Anything else you’d liek to ask?”
“Or shall I send himon his way to convey the message?”
Geralt:That is all I believe."
DM:Laaza speaks again to the earth demon/spirit and it then begins to sink into the earth and disappears.
Laaza:“It would seem your empire’s war with the Earth spirits is misplaced.”
Mina Toress:he might mean the imbued
but not the original air, ie previous civilization
false air = use, true air = the elves of lore
us not use*
Geralt:“Yes, as are many wars.”
Laaza:“We must advise our clan to do all we can to renew the old pacts.”
DM:What he’s proposing is treasonous…
Geralt:“The Empire will not take that lightly.”
DM:Very possibly that sort of thing would put you on Tinigath’s side, against the empire…
Geralt:((The Sith Inquisitorious will come after us.))
Laaza:“Didn’t you hear what the earth spirit said…There wont’ be an empire soon.”
Geralt:“I will disciss this with Meerin.”
Laaza:“Our only hope is to deal with the earth spirits.”
Geralt:“For now I am an agent of the Empire, though my loyalty will always be to the clans. Your words are safe with me, but guard them around the others.”
Laaza:“Very soon you will have to choose, I hope for the sake of the Hydra that you do not choose poorly”
Mina Toress:magical globalist scum! :-p
Laaza:“But I cannot remain silent… I must tell the others of my people what I’ve learned Geralt.”
“I will work to save their lives.”
DM:What is preaching will likely be someting that’ll stir up quite a bit of trouble… both internally in Hydra and elsewhere with the empire… it could be construed as treason and get his whole village wiped out especially in these paranoid times.
Geralt:“If you do that you will bring the wrath of the EMpire upon yourself and all of us.”
Laaza:“So be it… a token will be needed most likely to show the earth spirits that we are loyal and worthy of their protection.”
“Empires fall Geralt, the spirits are eternal.”
Geralt:“You will remain as you are until the time is right, if you endanger our people with your praching I’ll kill you myself. You hear me?”
Laaza:“I am an old man, do you think I fear death? if you would strike me down with your blade, then do it now and be done with it.”
“You would be nothing more than a traitor to your clan.”
Mina Toress:ah finally G at last gets a taste of classic Aylanae “divided loyalties” complication
DM:The old man is pretty adamant about this.. you can tell whatever the earth spirit/demon told him… it’s convinced him (he always leaned towards the earth spirits and heretical ways)…
But now he seems utterly convinced that there is one path.. siding with the earth demons, in order to save Clan Hydra from the doom that is to come…
Geralt:You may not fear death but you would be wise to fear me. I can do much more than give you the peace of death if you anger me. Enouigh now. You’ve ruined my mood. I should just leave you here but I promised Meerin I would bring you back."
- Laaza shakes his head angrily.
DM:You gonna return him to his home? You’re pretty sure with your insight that he intends to pretty mcuh start spreading his blasphemy/treasons…
Geralt:no, going to take him to Meerin with myself
Calim Gorn:(I"m sorry Meerin, bandits attacked our airship and he was thrown overboard in the chaos…….)
DM:While you’re taking the airship gonna do a scene with Tab and Sef…
Geralt:"Let Meerin kill him. ;)
DM:Yeah you could murder him in the woods or push him off into the ocean. :P
Geralt:Promised Meerin he would make it back safe.
Meanwhi9le on Aylanae, Calim and Mina are gathered to witness the unveiling of the new mindDeathed Sefiros…
A spectacle that has still drawn some attention from some of the people of the floating city.
Mina Toress:lol where would you push him off into the ocean?
oh wait you’re in ronen nm
airship ride back
Calim Gorn:Yeah heh
Mina Toress:if i go silent for a minute, its just me running to check the stove, got some stuff warming up in oven, im not AFK
i hate microwaves heh
- Calim Gorn crosses his arms as he watches the ceremony silently, his face a mask
Mina Toress:i didnt know they had ceremonies for mind deathed folks, i thought thye kind of quietly did all this shit
do they have to retrain em on everything, or is it just like personal memories that get wiped?
DM:Steppingforward first is the elderly man.. Sunlord Vilthias ElfRadiance.. leader of the Order of the Flame, a sect among the tempalr.
Mina Toress:like if you were a history geek and go mind wiped, would you forget all your history knowledge?
DM:Yeah most of your knowledge gets wiped.
Mina Toress:so they basically gotta go through training again like a new recruit?
DM:I mean you still retain some muscle memory and stuff, so you don’t have to tottally retrain fighitng techniques.
Mina Toress:just wonderinghow that worked
DM:Some things can come back to you, and you can have an instict for old skills sometimes
Mina Toress:since it takes years
and they start when you’re a kid
DM:At his side is a tall man clad in white robes with long silver hair, who you barely recognize as Sefiros, save for the distinctive appearance.. but his face shows none of the same expressions he did before.
Mina Toress:he’s turned into cecil?
better than kuja i guess
Sunlord Vilthias ElfRadiance:“The old soul that once inhabited this body is no more.”
“The Templar and indeed all of Aylaane accept this oath from this new soul and servant of our great Empire and Sheyl.”
“May I present Veldren Sunforged, the newest imbued member of the Order of the Flame.”
DM:The silver haired man in white robes steps forward. his voice filled with a calm and lacking any of the menace of the old Sefiros.
Veldren Sunforged:“I am honored Sunlord. I stand ready to serve Sheyl. the Templar and the empire.”
Sunlord Vilthias ElfRadiance:“From this point forward, the man that Veldren once was is no more.. he is just a memory.”
Sunlord Vilthias ElfRadiance:“Veldren swear the oath.”
- Calim Gorn mutters to himself, “I think I’m going to be nauseous…”
Veldren Sunforged:““I Veldren Sunforged, swear before Sheyl that until my last breath, I shall serve the empire of Aylanae. I shall put the best interest of the empire above all other allegiances, whether wielding words or steel. Should it be required, I shall give my life for the empire. First and foremost, I am a defender of Aylanae.”
DM:The queen even obsrves this ceremony but from a relatviely far distance, though she is known for her superior eyesight.
Alyssa is at her side, apparently she hasn’t let Alyssa leave her side since Mina told her the news…
Mina Toress:well that got is def gonna die first when Sef wigs out shinra building style…
Sunlord Vilthias ElfRadiance:”Let it be known that Veldren Sunforged is now a knight of Aylanae."
- Mina Toress shakes her head, a bit unnerved. “It’s that simple huh? Just wiping someone clean like figures in some ledger.” mumbles at Calim
Mina Toress:“How often does this happen?”
Calim Gorn:“Not too often… But it’s not unprecedented.”
Mina Toress:“Oh I’ve heard the stories of course, but my time on this floating city, is quite limited as you can imagine.”
DM:The ceremony seems to be over after that, and the small group that had gathered now starts to break up.
Mina Toress:“Mostly for institutional and ceremonial reasons.”
- Calim Gorn thinks back to when Helenia was made an Archmage, wondering if the process for implanting a “new soul” into someone who’s received Mind Death is similar…
Calim Gorn:“I wonder where ‘Velden’ came from.”
“Was he in there the whole time?”
Mina Toress:“When I was a child, I was always jealous of the others, I think I may have been mistaken in my envy.”
(she means the other imbued toress of her family)
- Calim Gorn smirks
Calim Gorn:“The grass is always greener.”
Mina Toress:“Death is punishment enough, this is like fashioning a zombie.”
Calim Gorn:“Well, you won’t have to worry about suffering such a fate, you aren’t Imbued after all.”
“It’ll be just a plain ordinary death for you.”
Mina Toress:“Yeah, well I have my own complications to deal with.”
Calim Gorn:“I can only imagine.”
DM:Oren Wolfheart, also present to witness the ceremony (also there for the council meeting) walks past you and stops a moment to speak,. perhaps overhearing some of what you said.
Mina Toress:“Well, you should know. You’re not exactly normal yourself.”
- Calim Gorn bows respectfully to Oren
Mina Toress:“From what I’ve heard, you don’t sleep.”
Oren Wolfheart:“Do not mourn for the man that came before, he slew one of my sons in cold blood.”
Mina Toress:“Your son?”
Calim Gorn:“I do not mourn for Sefiros. He was an enigmatic man who had few friends and was as inscrutable as any man could be.”
Mina Toress:“My condolences, counsilor.” she tries to be polite
Oren Wolfheart:“Taesian was not of my blood, but he was my son all the same. I took him in when he was just a child after the Earth Demons slew his family.”
Mina Toress:he is the current thronehold for Yt still?
Mina Toress:or whatever you wanna call it
Calim Gorn:“I was just wondering on the nature of what Sefiros has become now… It is mere curiosity, not sympathy.”
“Taesian did not deserve to be cut down like that. Sefiros was rightly punished.”
Oren Wolfheart:“Let us hope the archmagi did thier job correctly and all that he was is now gone.”
Mina Toress:lol famous last words
Oren Wolfheart:“I hear he was a tortured soul… a product of some expirement in Ronen… not even of natural birth.”
Calim Gorn:“I just wonder at the job they have done, and how they did it exactly. Did they craft ‘Veldren’ from nothingness, or was he always there in some form?”
Mina Toress:“An interesting philosophical question.”
“That was my curiousity as well.”
Oren Wolfheart:“I cannot pretend to understand how it works… however among druidic magics it is possible to reincarnate a soul into that of a new body, so perhaps Veldren is simply an unseen spirit of the air.”
Calim Gorn:“Interesting… Yes, I had a similar thought as well.”
“I wonder what Veldren himself would say.”
Mina Toress:“That doesn’t seem like an appropriate analogy to me.”
Oren Wolfheart:“As I understand he has less knowledge than we.”
Mina Toress:“You should be careful around him.”
“I’ve read of research into traumatized individuals who often display several personalities, almost like they’re possesed.”
“You’d better hope, there wasn’t more than one of him already in that head of his.”
“Then perhaps, that how this process works to begin with.”
“I heard rumors of experiments in Daelan to make sleeper agends, with such traumatizing techniques.”
Oren Wolfheart:“The archmagi assure me that what was Sefiros is no more.”
“That thier process is more thorough than the sharpest of daggers.”
“I cannot say I am entirely convinced yet.”
- Mina Toress shrugs.
Calim Gorn:“I suppose only time will tell.”
Mina Toress:“Who can say, they guard their secrets, and keep them closely to the chest.”
“Some would claim that this process and the creation of Archmagi are one in the same.”
“Or different sides of the same coin.”
“Of course, mundanes fashion all kind of tales and conspiracies about Aylanae and what goes on here.”
is oren imbued?
Calim Gorn:Nah he isn’t
Mina Toress:didnt think so
Oren Wolfheart:(Yeah he’s not)
Calim Gorn:“It is useless for us to speculate. We shall never know the truth until the day the Archmagi throw open the doors to their great tower and all the knowledge within… I doubt any of us will live to see it, hah.”
Mina Toress:“Perhaps I might.” she jests
“The sun will likely have burned out by that time, to my pleasure.”
- Mina Toress makes with a smirk.
DM:Oren continues on his way as you talk amongst yourselves.
Alright I’ll end that scene uless you want to do anything esle and get back to Geralt
Calim Gorn:I’m good
DM:Geralt arrives after several hours at Aontae in Yt… and goes to see Meerin with Laaza.
- Geralt walks in and greets Meerin
DM:Meerin as it turns out just fairly recently returned from Aylanae to handle the matter before the council about the (possibly false) Sun Clan attack on the Elwhyer.
Meerin of the Hydra:“Greetings Geralt.”
Geralt:“Greetings Meerin. You doing well?”
Meerin of the Hydra:“Let me ask you Geralt.. do you have any idea why the Sun Clan would want to be around Ronen, near the city of Trisemmon?”
DM:That was the city where you attacked Adron’s facilitiy and supposedly the fire orb was used that Justy told you about.
DM:Apparently Saveron wanted the fire orb, but you have been told by the templar not to speak of this to anyone under penalty of treason…
Geralt:“Well our mission took place there. The whle thing with the Earth Spirits.”
Meerin of the Hydra:“And you encountered nothing fire-related there or otherwise related to the sun spirit?”
Geralt:screw the templar.. she lied to us and she can kiss my ass
Now we got two traitors!
Mina Toress:gonna go have a bite to eat while you do G’s scene. afk a few
DM:heh… well I don’t know if she technically lied, heh.
Geralt:ok, just witheld info that almost got us kiled
DM:well true, but she did give you Justy as a teammate, who knew stuff
Calim Gorn:It doesn’t count as “almost” in T’s games unless you’re one HP away from dying and have failed two death saves
Geralt:“Perhaps we can talk about that later. Rigth now while Laaza is here we need to talk abot the Earth Spirits.”
well i did almost die, just not in that scene ;)
Laaza:“The old legends are true Meerin! The Earth spirits did give protection to the clans of old helping them to survive a chaos to come!”
DM:Laaza finall speaks up. fortunately drawing away Meerin’s attention…
Meerin of the Hydra:“What?!”
Laaza:“They spoke of a destruction that is to come… and that we need to renew the pacts of old.”
Geralt:“Meerin, Laaza may be speking true but please reign this old fool in before he gets of all slaughtered by the Empire or the Earth Demons when we are left defenseless.”
“He wants to go around preaching and declaring we turn from the empire and back to the Earth Spirits.”
Meerin of the Hydra:“The Earth Demons attacked us… perhaps the earth spirits of Balaras are different… but the ones that reside beneath Yindae are relentless killers I have seen it first hand, our people slaughtered.. your people.”
Geralt:“He may have cause but now is not the time.”
DM:Meerin has a definitey hatred for the earth demons.
Geralt:“I agree. We can not defend orselves from them and the Empire if they thing us traitorous.”
Laaza:“They’re only attacking us because we’re siding with the evil Empire. We should join Tinigath!”
Geralt:“My loyalty lies with the clans, but in that I must tell you to silence this man before he gets us all killed.”
Calim Gorn:(Yeah time for Meerin to turn in the traitor and make Hydra look good to the Empire)
Meerin of the Hydra:“The very same Tinigath taht was responsiblef or slaying your very own brothers Laaza… The attackers were not Sun Clan, they were from the Wyvern Tribe of Tinigath.”
“Trying to sow dissent among us… as they seem to have converted you with thier poisonous speech.”
Calim Gorn:(oh he believes it now?)
DM:Perhaps or maybe he’s just using it as a decnet arugment to try to dissuade Laaza.
Geralt:“How did yu discover this/”
Calim Gorn:(lol… Yeah Meerin is a good politician)
Meerin of the Hydra:“It came from the meeting in Aylanae while you were talking to the Earth Demons of Balaras.”
Geralt:“It’s a good thing we didn;t launch that offensive.”
Meerin of the Hydra:“The Templar searched the bodies and discovered them to be not Sun Clan… and it was stated that Saveron and his sun Clan’s absence was explained by being near Trisemmon.”
Laaza:“More imperial lies! Since when do you believe the Templar…”
Geralt:“The Sun Clan could still be a problem though.”
Laaza:“They want this war, they would tell us whatever they needed to…. The Sun Clan are our enemies… we should attack them and spill their blood as an offering to the Earth Spirits. Proof of our devotion.”
Meerin of the Hydra:“That’s treasonous talk Laaza. When I agreed to protect you from the Empire it was on the condition that you did not spread this dissention and bring thier wath on our clan.”"
Laaza:“You damned fool Meerin… treason isn’t going to matter.. there isn’t going to be an empire! And there won’t be a Hydra Clan unless we renew the old ways.. we need the protection of the Earth Spirits!”
Geralt:“The only blood you will be spilling is your own. now I’ve had enough of your rhetoric. I brought you back because I promised Meerin. Otherwise I woul dhave left you in some hole for your Earth Spirits to come find you.”
Meerin of the Hydra:“And your evidnece of this is because an Earth Demon told you so?”
Geralt:“Yes. They were consoled by our actions there and they will cause no more problems.”
Laaza:“A spirit of the Earth, one much older than you or I Meerin!”
“Their wisdom far exceeds yours… they know what’s to come.”
Geralt:“At least over there. That does not speak for the ones here.”
Meerin of the Hydra:“I cannot let this treason stand… especialyl not in times of war.”
DM:one sec brb.
Geralt:“I hope you can talk some sense into him. He’s an obstinate old coot.”
“I could care less abot the Empire and the Earth Spirits. What I do care about is this clan and our people.”
Meerin of the Hydra:“And we must do what needs to be done to protect our Clan… The templar would see all of us as heretics for harboring Laaza if he begins this treasonous talk.”
“I should have turned you into them the moment I heard of you Laaza.. my heart was too soft.”
Geralt:“I agree, even if he is partly correct about the Earth Spirits warning.”
Laaza:“You fool Meerin.. more worried aboutt yourself and your imperial politics.”
“This is the end of everything! And I will let our clan brothers know!”
Geralt:“We do not know if they can be trusted. onnly time will tell. But now is not the time.”
Laaza:“When they decide to replace you for a man of sound reason nad actual wisdom….”
Calim Gorn:(Sounds like somebody needs a stabbing right about now)
Geralt:(We need a translator?)
even a pain in the ass one
Meerin of the Hydra:“I cannot let this stand Laaza.. I have turned a blind eye to your treasons long enough… The hydra clan must do what it must to defend itself.”
Calim Gorn:(lol well he’s talking about overthrowing the head of your clan, in front of the head of your clan)
DM:Meerin’s hand starst to glow as he focuses mana, as your amulet starts to vibrate in the precense of magic… Clearly Meerin intends to execute him for treason.. for the good of the clan…
- Geralt will grab Laaza and restrain him… makign sre to prevent from using spells….
DM:Laaza senses this too.. and the old man… is already starting to mvoe for the door….
Meerin of the Hydra:“You are a traitor to the Clan Laaza… as chieftain of the Hydra. I sentence you to death for your crimes.”
Laaza:“You’ll need me when the time comes, you’re killing us ALL!!!”
Geralt:“No, just you. Remember you don;t fear death…”
DM:With that Meerin executes him with a mana disrupting spell.. putting an end to the old man’s life…
Geralt:“I’m sorry for that Meerin. It had to be done though.”
- Meerin of the Hydra nods.
Meerin of the Hydra:“For the good of the clan.”
Geralt:“He may have been speaking true ab ot another threat to come. BUt his tak would have brought doom to us all.”
Meerin of the Hydra:“We should put little trust in the words of Earth Demons…”
Geralt:“I put little trust in the words of any except our clan. The Empire has its agenda, the Torres’ and their scheeming. The Earth demons or spirits or whatever they are on whatever continent, each have their own agendas.”
- Meerin of the Hydra nods.
Meerin of the Hydra:“Tomorrow the Empire shall test the so-called protection of the earth demons, we shall see how the clans of Tinigath fare.”
Geralt:“According to the translation by Laaza there is another true air spirit. The ones we serve are false they say.”
Meerin of the Hydra:“According to Laaza or according to the Earth Demons?”
Geralt:“Both, one and the same. He was translating for them but who knows if he was even fully understanding. He did say they spoke a bit of a different dialect.”
Meerin of the Hydra:“I find that it is often the case that a man hears what he wishes to hear, and quite often this is not the truth.”
Geralt:“They offered protection for the destruction to come and said to seek them out.”
“These words COULD have been true but Laaza’s behavior was not warranted.”
Meerin of the Hydra:“Perhaps the Earth Demons would offer us their protection… but the important thing is always the cost.”
Geralt:“They said we would know. I’m not entirely sure they and the ones here have the same agenda or even communicate.”
Meerin of the Hydra:“FOr the better then.. if they knew of the slaughter that will happen soon, I doubt they would approve.”
Geralt:“There is no question that the ones here are a threat. However, those seemed apeesed and content now that we stopped Adron.”
Meerin of the Hydra:“At the very least we’ve bought time… we need Ronen’s soldiers here.”
Geralt:“Now as to your previous question… and since we are alone now…”
“There indeed could be another threat.”
“I entrust you with this, which I was told to keep to myself upon penalty of treason. You mean more to me than those caniving Templare that almost got us all killed with their secrets.”
“There was something at Adron’s having to do with fire. Some man made of fire, fed off Aela and was strengthened when we attacked it. PLeas ekeep this to yourself when considering our clan’s fate. For any discussion of it could get you killed and myself as well for they will know from where it came.”
- Meerin of the Hydra nods.
Meerin of the Hydra:“A secret the Templar do not wish you to know then…”
Geralt:“Whatever they were it could have been what the Sun Clan was after.”
Meerin of the Hydra:“Yes I heard something about an expedition to Ssithiyen some time ago where an orb with fire properties was discovered… Saveron wanted it desperately…”
Geralt:“Hopefully it is buried beneath e layers of ruble that was once Adron’s facility.’
Meerin of the Hydra:”Of course the people from Ronen got there first. and he lost his chance… perhaps he feels he has another."
“No doubt he sees it as a sign from the Sun Spirit, from what I heard, it was simply a weapon of destruction.”
Geralt:“Laaza’s translation seemed to impl that the Earth Spirits were aware of this.”
Meerin of the Hydra:“Perhaps an Earth Demon weapon then.:”
Geralt:“Juast after was when they gave their warning. I’m not sure if they are related.”
Meerin of the Hydra:“Some legends speak of a fire at the core of the world of Therin…”
Geralt:“I don;t get the feelign tat the Earth Spirits intend to use the device. But more that they acknowledged its danger and threat.”
Meerin of the Hydra:“If they were intending to use it, how woudl one know… I have known a man to be able to read the motivations of an Earth Demon.”
“Their faces are stone, they give nothing away.”
Geralt:“ONnly time will tell. Laaza was fanatical though. Would have gotten us all killed and not from fire.”
- Meerin of the Hydra nods.
- Meerin of the Hydra looks down at Laaza’s body.
Meerin of the Hydra:“Do not speak of his heresies, let his people believe he died a hero.”
Geralt:“I did my part. I returned him safely. I WAS tempted to drop him friom the airship though.”
Meerin of the Hydra:“The exertion was too much for him and he died shortly after bringing me the information.”
- Meerin of the Hydra nods.
Meerin of the Hydra:“Understandable, but you did the right thing.”
“He’s dealt with for now.”
Geralt:“Agreed. People need not know of what passed there or here.
Meerin of the Hydra:”While he was misguided, I believe his intentions wre to protect our clan.. in his own way."
Geralt:“Would you like to see to his body and the proper rituals?”
- Meerin of the Hydra nods.
Geralt:“I will leave you to it then, if you have nothing else for me.”
Meerin of the Hydra:“I’ll handle that. It is an ill-omen though… a death before the big battle even starts.”
“No, I have nothing further. Thank you for putting your trust in me Geralt.”
- Geralt exits the room
DM:I’m gonan give Geralt a hero point for that stuff, since a series of complication-type issues came up there
Meerin of the Hydra:Geralt gains a hero point.
DM:Okay.. so gonna say Geralt returns to Aylanae, and get to the next major event..
Calim Gorn:lol yeah, protected your charge only to end up having the guy who told you to protect him kill him
You return to Aylaane by airship… and you reunite with Mina and Calim… nots ure if you wanted to do anything IC upon that meeting or not
Telling them what happened and what not
Calim Gorn:All Calim cares about is that the Earth Demons in Ronen are happy and aren’t gonna cause trouble
Geralt:nothing specific on my end
just relate all taken care of
Calim Gorn:Yeah Calim is happy hearing that and doesn’t press for details
DM:You wait rather anxiously on Aylanae, knwoing that over Yt, a battle will rage… you’re being kept here on the flying city, for what reason, you aren’t quite sure.. but the place is more deserted than you’ve seen it berfore…
Mina Toress:I want to go pay Arielle a visit before I depart from Aylanae, but thats about all i have left to do in ayalane before whatever it is we proceed on to next
DM:All the imbued for the most are gone, drawn to war, wtih a few exceptions like the Queen and Alyssa…
Geralt:have i gotten any word from Viniira?
Mina Toress:aela tumble weeds drift by
DM:Yeah you can visit Arielle. Asfor other news I’m gonna give people an expertise (or other skill if you’ve got advantages like contacts) referring to what’s going on in the empire in other places.
Geralt:I’m not a horn dog like Calim that has to go hook up in the middle of a mission ;)
Hey man, my girl is about to go into battle, we might not see each other again
Which expertise should we use?
I got Rahseld, Politics, and Military
DM:Viniira last you heard was still helping to defend the Minotaur lands. though granted your last update wasn’t for some time.. unfortuanetly unlike Hydra, the Minotaur clan hasn’t embraced Aela communicators, so messages are slow and often carried b ymagically enhanced birds.
you can give me a Rahseld + politics (combine ranks) and also give me a miliary roll.
Calim Gorn:I have the Connected advantage as well
DM:As for Arielle, Mina approahces her aboard her airship, she seems to be making last minute preparations…. in spirte of her near death experience, Arrielle seems more determined to fight in the war, depsite her mothers objections….
Connected is more for getting favors and such. I mean if you have something specific you want to know you coudl get it, but its’ not really great for general rumors
Mina Toress:oh yeah question before i forget
how does non-trained skills work in M&M?
DM:Generally you just roll attribute x2.
Calim Gorn:Just use 2x attribute
Mina Toress:like what are the skills you have to have ranks in to roll
i know that but i figure there are some you cant use unless you got ranks
DM:Of course for knowledges and some others you gotta have em trained to get a roll at all. at least for most… for this sort of thing I will allow untrained rolls
since anyone could hear rumors
Calim Gorn:It says in the book what they are
Mina Toress:i know im not talkign about his roll, im just asking in general
DM:So in this case I won’t require a specific expertise for rumor mongering.
Mina Toress:i was gonna take edetic memory, and it mentions something like this
so just asking how it works rule wise generally
if theres a list or something specific
i assumed expertises
but beyond that wasnt sure
DM:There’s a lot of DM call to it as well.
Calim Gorn:There’s a different advantage that lets you use stuff untrained when it normally requires you to be trained I think
Jack of All Trades or something like that
Mina Toress:whoa wtf
that didnt come out right hahaha
Princess Arielle Toress:(Yeah I’m not reading that)
Mina Toress:think it posted the whole goddamn SRD :-p
Mina Toress:lol nah it wasnt pose to be all that lol
i was trying to paste a single sentence haha
You can also make Expertise skill checks to answer questions and provide information as if you were trained, meaning you can answer questions involving difficult or obscure knowledge even without ranks in the skill, due to the sheer amount of trivia you have picked up.
Calim Gorn:Sef rolled a Nat 1 on his Ctrl+V skill check
Mina Toress:that is from edetic memory
Geralt:my roll was 23
Mina Toress:it refers to trained
DM:You’re able to get past her initial gurds and see Arielle… who is a bit shocked to see you.
Geralt:not sure if mised in that spam
Calim Gorn:Yeah and I had a 29
DM:She shows an obvious surprise but resorts to her normal courtly politness image….
Calim Gorn:On Rahseld+Politics
And 17 Military
Princess Arielle Toress:“Greetings Mina.”
DM:Yeah I’ll let you know what you and Geralt know when Sef is done, since tehcnicalyl a lot of the news happens after Arrielle leaves.
Mina Toress:“Arielle.” she says performing a courtsy to be polite
DM:So do your coonversiton with Arielle first.
Arielle has always been a bit suspicious of Mina, perhaps the whole vampire thing unnerves her a bit.
Princess Arielle Toress:“I’m busy making preparations as you can see, unfortuanteyl I don’t have much time to talk.”
Mina Toress:“It has been a long time child, I thought I would come and pay you a visit while I was here in the city.”
Princess Arielle Toress:“We’re going to war soon.”
“And if mother sent you, don’t bother talking me out of it.”
Mina Toress:“You’ve grown as well, more so than your sister even it appears.”
- Mina Toress scoffs.
Mina Toress:“You’re mother definately did not send for me.”
“I had to sneak past your guards.”
“Yes, I figured you would be doing something like that.”
Princess Arielle Toress:“So If I ask around, I won’t hear about any secret meetings with her then?”
DM:It’s hard to tell if Arrielle already heard you met wiht the Queen or she’s just probing for information…
Mina Toress:“Always so eager to prove yourself.”
“I did not say I haven’t spoken or met with Cheisa, just that she didn’t send me.”
“I just came to apologize for not coming sooner to visit you, considering what happened.”
Princess Arielle Toress:“Well you weren’t alowed on Aylanae until recently… so don’t worry about it.”
Mina Toress:“I’m sure I could have made arrangements.”
“I’ll leave if you want, you are suspicious of me. I can understand that.”
“The whole family has always been suspicious of me afterall, it’s nothing new child.”
“It is good to see you’re well again. Goodbye Princess.”
- Mina Toress says trying to pursuade her she;s not here on the Queen’s behalf by leaving and seeming disinterested.
Princess Arielle Toress:“Farewell Mina. When I return perhaps we can talk further.”
Mina Toress:“If I yet live.”
DM:She acts as if she’s about to say something but remains silent.
Mina Toress:“Take care of one another, remeber you’re family.”
“That goes for the one’s you dislike as well.”
- Mina Toress heads for the door.
Mina Toress:she has a bit of a bloodraven or jon snow syndrome in that being the outsider/bastard made her overly zealous when it comes to family loyalty
Anyway… knowledge checks as time passes…
During the battle, ro at least shortly before it ther’es rumors of an attack on E-Tech industries (company of Ellenya Toress), though forutnately thanks to extra soldiers to defend Ellenya, the attack was held off… rumors point to Daelan spies.
There’s also word of a miraculous jailbreak from the Queen Chiesa’s dungeons in Alara.
Apparently it’s being kept under wraps… since it happened while the imbued were away, and apparently some prisoners escaped.. though some rumors point to only a single prisoner.
In any case, it’s an amazing feat, and suspicion is that outside aid was involved…
(Wonder who that is…)
Mina Toress:or an inside job
why was there extra soldiers around to defend Ellenya? that one is a bit confusing
DM:Also… there’s rumors that instructions have been given during the war that the Templar are collecting the bodies of fallen Imbued… though it’s not certain where they’re going.
Mina Toress:is there some kind of increased securty on all imbued or something?
DM:Alyssa convinced the Queen to send her security against Earth demons
DM:It just happened to be that it was Dalean that attacked instead.
Mina Toress:ahh i see
so after our convo, she was beefing up toress security with the whole trissemon affair?
Calim Gorn:(Yeah she was freaking out about Earth Demons in Ronen and Alyssa had a bunch of extra security sent to her to make her calm the hell down)
DM:Nah, this was before, where Alyssa talked her into sending Ellenya more earth demon security
This actually happened one of the sessions heh.
Mina Toress:ellenya was the one freaking out Tab?
This is her under T’s control
Mina Toress:ok it was the way that was worded had me all confused
Calim Gorn:I keep telling him he plays her wrong but he don’t listen to me lol
Mina Toress:nah i just wasnt sure who yall meant, had me scratching my head, i got it
anyways proceed sorry
DM:Also among the rumors…
one sec checking your rolls again.. heh.
Mina Toress:half-life 3 was released
the vapor in vaporware is aela
DM:Basically you’ve heard that the accident at Adron’s facility (it’s being called an accident) has been largely covered up as a mechanical failure in some of Adron’s machines.. still it cost Adron Futuristics a lot of confidence.. and there’s still rumors going on about the horros that went down there, so it’s tough to squelch entirely…
In any case Adron’s popularity took a big hit, and it seems rumors point to E-Tech industries releasing the next big breakthrough in military tech.
Calim Gorn:Hell yeah
DM:Adron himself hasn’t been seen much.. rumors say that he was abducted by elements in the empire.. some say even Daelan is responsible.
Calim Gorn:(Somebody told us he was working for the Templar in Yindae now I think)
Mina Toress:time to invest in E-tech stock
Calim Gorn:lol yeah
Ellenya is definitely happy about this turn of events
Mina Toress:its a good expalanation for a rank or two of increase in wealth if i take it har har
i was gonna have ellenya be my gadget supplier anyways
Calim Gorn:She’s totally gonna leverage a hostile takeover of Adron Futuristics if she can manage it
DM:Tehre is suspiciously no mention of any Nuumian based technologies though in all that was released…
Though apparently some top men that used to owrk for Adron have went missing…. one of which was killed in a mysterious accidnet.
As for the war effort itself.. there’s quite a lot of time before you get any word…
Almost everyone in Aylanae has been conscripted save for a few left to defend the city in case of attack…. so most of your information comes from the Heart of Aylanae…
It’s a tense bit waiting for the Heart of Aylanae to give you any updates…
How do you each of you want to spend the time while you’re waiting?
Mina Toress:soloing the archmagi?
- Calim Gorn seems particularly well-informed on the happenings of the war
Mina Toress:come on nat 20s!
Geralt:will replenish my potion stock
Mina Toress:i only need 42 consectutive!
Calim Gorn:Calim is gonna be training mostly, or otherwise keeping up appearances in his relationship with Alyssa but not actually doing anything with her
Mina Toress:I guess I’ll spend mine any kind of information i can use for future
DM:Yeah just an RP sorta thing… doesnt’ reall have to be super profoudn heh.
Mina Toress:layouts, getting to know any lesser personel, making contacts etc
DM:What are you trying to get info on?
Mina Toress:just trying to use the vacant city to increase my knowledge and expand any influence by making new contacts
nothing really in particular
Calim Gorn:I’ll use my Connected advantage to try to direct Gorn resources towards Laventa and her unit, like make sure she gets the best shit and gets first pick before anybody else, that kind of thing
Keeping big sis taken care of
Mina Toress:just trying to add to my collection in regards to aylanae since i havent been permitted here
DM:okay, so just miscellaneous research and such.
contacts would especially be useful
prolly mostly golems and shit tho
the docks i figure might be good for making connections
DM:Yeah I’m not expecting something too huge here, just basically an RP detail, if you’re pacing around nervously, calmly waiting, etc. Just to say something about your character and how they handle stressful situations since this is the first major battle of the empire.
And perhaps the future of a lot on the line, though Mina probably has the least invested.
Yeah there aren’t really m,any ships docked anymore.. the place really turned to a ghost town so to speak now that the war has started.
Mina Toress:least invested in what exactly?
Calim Gorn:Yeah Calim is pretty obviously worried about his sister being on the front lines, though probably only Geralt knows just how deep his concerns run, lol
DM:The war. Geralt’s people are basicalyl on the fornt line, and Calim has a sister involved.
I mean you got some Toress in the war so I mean you’ve got Arrielle and such there, but I didn’t really think you were quite as attached.
Mina Toress:oh personally
well i do worry about the princess
thatd prolly be my personal angle
she is family afterall
and Cheisa, if she’s participating
she’s pretty loyal, even if she’s the black sheep
Calim Gorn:The others might notice that Calim doesn’t anticipate the Heart’s war updates as much as they do, like he’s got some other source of info, heh
Since we’re technically still in our last year of training I guess we’d be doing that too, when we aren’t being sent on errands by the Templar
DM:Cheisa is staying in Aylanae, basically keeping back, though you do know her airship the Wing of Alathiara is docked in Aylaane and ready for combat in case.
It isn’t for several hours before you get any real reports…
The campaign was an all-out attack against Tinigath, several airships from the Guild of Swords striking multiple tribes at once using Adron’s tech to detect Earth Demon activity and strike where the presence was weakest, all over Tinigath…
The Daimyos launched a coastal attack while this was happening… and the Rahseldian forces, along with the Templar and assisted by Guild of Swords (you heard that Sythe Zanyz was leading the guidl of swords forces in that attack)
The Rahseld forces attacked a fortified earthen temple, a holy site in the mountais.
Helenia herself took place in the fighting as well aiding in the assault.
The main attacks and the guild of swords aerial strikes proved to have much success with minimal losses… you know that the Hydra forces elected specifically to join in on a strike against the Wyvern Tribe, a rather last minute decision.
The majority of reports were total successes or at least partial successes, with the tribes of Tinigath being drivenn underground… and a rather high bodycount…
The mountain temple crushed by Arielle and Helenia… however, the Earth Demon counterattack seemed to have a specific target… going surprisingly after the warriors of Makoro on the eastern front.
- Calim Gorn wonders just how exaggerated the reports are
DM:And the death tolls are rather high….
Many imbued as well as mundane samurai were slain as the earth demons hit them with the full force of thier attacks, despite being a fairly minor part of the strike…
Ryuu Makenki was supposedly badly wounded and infected with earth rot…
Geralt:we’ll never know cause we not allowed to go
Calim Gorn:Damn, they got Ryuu
DM:Daimyo Mamoru Yuudai was also slain.. supposedly defending Oshiro…
Daimyo Oshiro apparently managed to escape.
Calim Gorn:lol of course
The ones you actually wouldn’t mind dying in battle never do
DM:Sora Yoshinori was apparently presumed dead as well and reported slain.
Mina Toress:the rape of nanking!
DM:Basically taking out all the Daimyos save Oshiro… along with many other lesser Imbued among their ranks.
Mina Toress:weabos BTFO
otaku on suicide watch
time to unleash godzilla
hmm tho actually godzilla prolly is a nearth demon
now we know why they got their ass kicked in mokoro
Mina Toress:alright ellenya, time to construct our aela magitek eva units to take out ‘zilla
make clones of hachis dad or something, then heyre be canine robots
and we can link em together like voltron
Calim Gorn:Then they’d be Zoids, fuck that
DM:Despite the slaughter of the forces of Makoro, the operation is overall juidged to be a success.. Arielle and Laventa fortunately escape unscathed.. though both saw battle.. fortunately though the bulk of the earth demons didn’t show.
As of yet, they’re not following them into the deeper caverns, but you’ve heard they’rte trying to map their lairs for a follow up attack
Mina Toress:ITS METAMORPHIN TIME
- Calim Gorn is relieved to hear that Laventa is unharmed
Mina Toress:well here’s where the shogun reclaims mokoro
what better time
DM:Actualyl there is a bit of good news… which many call a cosmic balance…
Mina Toress:feces meet occilating air device
DM:As it was reported that the Shogun died of old age shortly before the battle. The old man finally expiring…
Calim Gorn:lol nice
Mina Toress:lol damn the far east is like the apocalypse
DM:Though you only learn of this… days later
Since news from Saidai isn’t all that widespread.
A day after the attack, there’s a massive earth quake reported in Yindae… at first seen to be an earth demon attack… and a day later… a similar earthquake is reported in Dracos (home continent of Rahseld)… and a day later an earthquake on Balaras and Ssithiyen.. as if the Earth itself is reacting…
Calim Gorn:Oh goody
Mina Toress:earh crust displacement
or pole shift
Geralt:does this world have volcanos?
DM:To make matters worse… with the death of Sora Yoshinori.. his will was revealed, a sealed secret document.. in which he revealed that he wants his rulership to go to his daughter Megumi, who will act as the new Daiymo upon his death.
Yeah it does have volcanos.
Calim Gorn:Haha awesome
Oshiro is gonna shit himself when he hears about that
DM:Naturally the announcement of Megumi succeeding him caused an immedate revolt among the Yoshinori vassals, throwing those lands into chaos.
Calim Gorn:Megumi answers at least 12 Fuyu challenges before breakfast
Geralt:so in other words all hell is breaking loose and its the end of the world as we know it, yeah the end of the world as we know it
DM:Calim and Geralt recieved a message from your bandmate Suzu Ueno requiesting help on that front… saying she neesd help in Makoro… But that’s not the only place needing attention….
Mina Toress:this is like 2012 Aylanae
DM:There’s been reports of movements underground, subtle but it may be indications of an attack in the making, reported b ythe Wolfheart and Minotaur clans…it seems the Earth Demons may be planning some knid of retribution strike on the back lines of the Clans, or maybe even Ronen….
Mina Toress:when T says rocks fall, everyone dies, he isnt kidding in this setting
DM:And the queen also has a mission which she shares with Mina and Calim (though Geralt’s help is probably required too).
this is approximately four days after the big battle.
You two are broughto ther private meeting chambers in the Toress barracks… she takes efforts to suppres the sight of the heart of Aylanae as well.
Queen Chiesa Toress:“I’ve called you two here becuase I need your help.”
- Calim Gorn raises an eyebrow
Queen Chiesa Toress:“A few days ago there was an escape from my dungeons… I need you to track the prisoner that escaped…”
Calim Gorn:“Ah, I heard something about that… Must be quite the prisoner.”
Mina Toress:brb bio
- Queen Chiesa Toress nods.
Queen Chiesa Toress:“Yes… his name is Yuu Saidai. One of the children of the late Shogun.”
Calim Gorn:“Hm… And perhaps now the Shogun himself, with the death of his father.”
“Is there a particular reason you need us for this assignment though?”
Queen Chiesa Toress:“Are you familiarw ith the legend of the Seven Swords?”
Calim Gorn:“I think I’ve heard Masaru mention it… They were gifted to the Daimyos by dragons, or something like that?”
- Mina Toress nods.
Mina Toress:“There’s only one left, supposedly.”
Queen Chiesa Toress:“Yes… a pact was made between a Great Dragon and the Saidai Gozoku… To each of the Shoguns a sword would be given. Seven in total.”
“Each time without fail a sword has appeared when a new Saidai Shogun was about to ascend.”
Mina Toress:“You want us to find him before this can happen.”
Queen Chiesa Toress:“The swords are unbelievably powerful… I was hoping you’d be able to track him and see to it that he doesn’t discover his sword.”
Mina Toress:“Is this why the earth demons devastated Mokoro’s forces?”
“It seems a strange set of timing for all of this.”
“Is the Saidai Shogunate and Tinigath allied and sharing intelligence somehow?”
Queen Chiesa Toress:“It is said the Great Dragons work by coincidences… the escaped prisoner didn’t have help at least as far as I’m told…”
“Merely a series of coincidences added up to allow him to escape.”
“Mechanical failures in magitech, a guard falling asleep, another sick…”
Calim Gorn:“If we’re up against such a foe as the power of coincidence I’m not sure I like our odds.”
- Mina Toress smirks.
Mina Toress:“He has a point.”
“Does anyone have a set of dice?”
- Mina Toress jokes.
Queen Chiesa Toress:“Some believe that it’s impossible to stop the events the Great Dragons have set in motion, but for the good of the empire, we should at least try…”
Mina Toress:“Well, Geralt is an accomplished tracker himself, I would suggest you include him on this endeavor.”
“We’ll need all the support we can muster.”
DM:Btw the Templar have pretty much stopped giving you any orders for now, letting you decide, perhaps some of it comes from the queens influence, but also .. perhaps with al lthe problems they’re reluctant to be seen making the call of where they’re sending the imbued as it ‘ll earn them more enemies than allies.
Since they don’t have the manpower to handle everything in waritme.
- Queen Chiesa Toress nods.
Queen Chiesa Toress:“Yes bring him along as well.”
Calim Gorn:“I wonder if we should really chase after such an errand… Even if Saidai acquires the sword, they are still isolated on their islands. And Makoro has other problems.”
Mina Toress:“It would be useful to see the cell where he was kept, to catch his scent.”
DM:In essence you’ve got these three missions to choose where you want to go… you can go help Suzu, go help Viniira and the Minotaur clan.. or take on the QUeen’s task andd puruse the Yuu Saidai.
Obviously you don’t have time for all of them… so… you’ll have to prioritize which is more important, perhaps wanting to talk it over IC.
Mina Toress:well the shogun is prolly the biggest and most important, tho also prolly the one least likely to succeed
Calim Gorn:lol yeah
Mina Toress:not an easy call
Calim Gorn:I mean Calim would rather help Suzu first
Geralt:Geralt would help Viniira
Mina Toress:yeah this is almost a 3 way split, Returners Cave style
DM:Yeah you aren’t obligated to help her, juist wanted to know this isn’t an official imperial order.. of course gaining the favor fo the queen is a good thing…
Geralt:if left to him, screw the shogunate
Mina Toress:nah i mean just we each 3 are linked to the 3 diff scenarios heh
calim is buds with suzu
Calim Gorn:I mean I’m already married to her daughter, I don’t figure I can get much better favor
DM:Since you’ll probabl ynot easily succeed if you just go alone anyway… so you probably want to go as a group. heh.
Geralt:Suzu would be second
Mina Toress:and then me and my family honor
whats going on with the minotaur clan?
Geralt:threat of earth demon attack
DM:Yeah, Earth demon presence detected, or at least faint vibrations which the druids suspect is some kind of stealth sneak attack.
The Yoshinori/Suzu hhave a full blown civil war in Makoro going on.
Mina Toress:their problem is kind of lesser compared to the shogun
DM:And of course there’s the queen’s mission which involves trying to stop the Shogun’s son from aquiring one of the Seven Swords.
Mina Toress:mokoro prolly wont exist, if he takes power
so their civil war may be kind of moot
Geralt:so what’s so wrong with getting the sword?
DM:well possibly, I mean the empire will defend Makoor if the SHogun attacks of course…
Mina Toress:yeah this isnt an easy choice
its like arthur and excalibur
Geralt:can be used to fight off the earth demons
Calim Gorn:Well it’s more the fact that the new Shogun is like, destined to get the sword
Mina Toress:they’re like D&D artifact level, world chaning things
DM:Of course Makoro isn’t known to be too friendly to female prisoners, so who knows what may happen to Suzu if they lose.
Mina Toress:not just a magic sword
Calim Gorn:And there’s nothing we can do to stop him
Mina Toress:its more the political ramifications as well
the shogun ascending and having one of the 7 swords, is basically, ok lets just forget about mokoro, it’s conquerored lol
at this point in time anyway
Calim Gorn:lol well you heard the legend, he’s basically destined to get the sword, the dragons work by the power of coincidence
So even us trying to stop him is destined to fail
Mina Toress:since all their major forces are basically wiped out
Calim Gorn:By some random happenstance
Mina Toress:yeah i hear ya
Geralt:((it’s DM magic… )
Mina Toress:well it is built into the story
Calim Gorn:I mean the sword quest is basically just bending over and asking T to give it to us lol
Mina Toress:its happened before with the various shoguns
it ant something he’s pulling out of the blue
well perhaps we can combine them somehow?
is one on the way to another?
DM:Well not really.. they’re sorta all different directions from Aylanae
Minotaur is northwest. Suzu is northeast. and Rahseld is southeast.
well east actually to Alara.
Calim Gorn:I mean I really don’t want to leave Suzu out on a limb, if Megumi loses the civil war then she’s probably gonna wind up as some random samurai’s slave bride pumping out babies for him
DM:But still different directions mostly heh.
So I’ll assume you guys sit down and ttalk this over IC.
Since you kinda know the details. If there’s anything else you wanted to know I can fill you in during that vonersation, just ask and I’ll assume you asked theq ueen or tried to get that info from Suzu or what not
Mina Toress:this seems more like a solo quest for each of us if we decided IC
have to meta this one OOC to resolve it lol
Calim Gorn:lol yeah
Geralt:you find G packing his bags to head to Mino Clan when you arrive
DM:Well I mean keep in mind solo you’re probably not going to be able to succeed.
You coudl go solo, but like…. it’d be difficutl.
DM:So IC you’d probably want to try to sway some others to the task.
Calim Gorn:Can I use my Connected advantage to try to funnel supplies to Megumi’s faction?
Like prop her up that way
DM:Well right now Gorn is kinda busy using resources to fight the war whihc is still going on.
So there’s not a hell of a lot they want to directly send there right now, given tehy’er helping out the Hydra clan rightt now
And with the earthquake in Rahseld they’re kinda worried there might be Earth demons planning something there.
Some theorists are saying ti’s a means of earth demon long range communication and the earthquakes on other continetns are responses.
Calim Gorn:“I shudder to think of what may happen to Suzu if her side loses the civil war… Knowing how Makoro is.”
DM:Of course, maye you could try to pull some weight to pull some forces away from laventa’s force… of course poor laventa…
If she’s understaffed…
Calim Gorn:lol yeah I ain’t gonna do that shit
DM:Well I’ll letyou guys start up the IC conversation
You walk back to find Geralt lready packing heh…
Mina Toress:lets just all make persuasion rolls lol
and the highest convinces the others
Calim Gorn:Do we get to use Hero Points?
DM:You can settle it that way if you’d like… Of course that’s no fun :) But you are in control fo your characters, so if you’d like to leave it ot the dice, it is your cal
Mina Toress:well mina could prolly be swayed form her position since tab and g’s are a bit more personal
tho i dunno who is gonna win out between those two
so guess they can convince me eventually
but its between them
Geralt:Well anyone who knows anything knows meta that Vin has to die, otherwise Geralt would never hook up with Triss and Yen…. but that doesn’t mean IC he woudn’t want to help her
Mina Toress:i dont even know that what means, but i’ll take your word for it :-p
DM:Well just hope that Sef’s storyline doesn’t follow meta :)
Otherwise ya might have a supernova in your future
Calim Gorn:Calim’s argument is basically that he’s already helped Suzu get to where she is and doesn’t want to see everything ruined now, as far as his personal investment, and also that this is the chance to break Makoro of their backwards ways and drag them into modernity a little, plus the consequences of what’s likely to happen to Suzu if her side loses are probably pretty dire
Like they’ll probably strip her of her position and titles and turn her into another baby factory like they’ve been wanting to do all along
DM:yeah the stripping part is definiteyl gonna happen :P
Geralt:so if the dude gets the sword any effort there is pointless anyway, right?
Calim Gorn:Heh well Saidai Taiyou will probably start some shit with a new Shogun and the dragon sword or whatever, I don’t know if it’s instant game over though
Calim also doesn’t think we have much of a chance there anyway given what he’s heard about the “power of coincidence” helping them and shit
DM:The seven sowrds basicalyl each of em has a special power (or some would say a special truth, which it follwos)
Geralt:well if Calim not considering it will he even tell Geralt/
since i wasn’t there to get the mission
DM:The last Shoguns sword basically stated that he’d only die of old age.
Calim Gorn:Well Mina will probably bring it up if nothing else
DM:And as it turned out he died of old age.
Another basically made it so the shogun never lost a personal combat.
Another made its holder immune to old age and let him stop time breifly.
That tells you a little bit about em
Geralt:so any clue what this one is suposed to do?
DM:so you can kinda guess what sorta stuff tehy might do.
If you dont’ have any makoro lore you wouldn’t really know.
Calim Gorn:Sekai no Superitta…. World Splitter
lol shit probably cleaves mountains in half or something
Geralt:well IC Geralt is packing for Mino territory unless someone asks for help and sways him otherwise
DM:yeah heh… lets do a bit of IC conversation between you guys.
Calim Gorn:Heh well Calim is asking for help for Suzu
DM:Well RP it out, heh.
Mina Toress:superitta is a japanese word?
Mina Toress:i thought that was some homebrew T
Calim Gorn:It’s the Japanese pronunciation of the English word “splitter”
Mina Toress:oh lol
DM:You walk in and see Geralt is packing for Minotaur territory.
So what is Calim/Mina gonna say to him?
Calim Gorn:“Well, that saves us some time at least.”
Mina Toress:guess no one cares about stopping the bad guys from getting a doomsday weapon T lol
Calim Gorn:lol well I do but I care about my friend too
DM:heh yeah it’s my campaign I odn’t make the choices easy :)
Mina Toress:ok just dont complain later if you have to soak rank 25 damage off that thign or something :-p
Calim Gorn:And like I said I doubt we can actually stop him from getting the thing =P
But if you want to make your case then make it IC
Mina Toress:well i have the power of dice coincidences!
DM:I consider it a victory as a DM when you hear about an uber weapon going to the hands of an enemy and people are considering other missions as possibilities :)
Means I’md oing my job making these choices hard.
Geralt:“Oh, you guys are back. I’m packing for Minotaur lands. Vin may need my help there with sone possible Earth Demon activity.”
- Calim Gorn frowns
Mina Toress:ok well I’ll follow Calims lead, tho in exchange for a favor
to be named later
Calim Gorn:“I was hoping to enlist your help on another endeavor… The Yoshinori are in the midst of a civil war and Suzu needs our help.”
“The Queen had a task for us as well… But I don’t know if I want to undertake it.”
Geralt:“Suzu? We’ve not heard a peep from her since she left to go back home.”
“She say what it was?”
Calim Gorn:“Yes, she’s with Daimyo Yoshinori’s court. And with his death and naming his daughter Megumi as his successor, his vassals have revolted.”
“If they succeed in overthrowing Megumi then who knows what will happen to Suzu as a result…”
Geralt:“The local guard can’t handle it?”
Calim Gorn:“It’s apparently the entirety of their vassals against whatever holdings Yoshinori had.”
“Something of a lopsided conflict.”
DM:Heh not exactly all thier vassals but most of em.
And a lot of thier own people defected too, basically not willing to serve a woman
making a mockery of thier customs and what not
Geralt:"And what are we going to do to change their opinion? And if we can’t, what – slaughter them all?
“Monster’s are my business, not politics and rulerships.”
“I’m not sure I would be much help tro you there.”
Calim Gorn:“Hopefully not, but if Megumi is overthrown then it will set back progress in Makoro significantly. She needs to have her position secured to show them that women can rule and be equal to men. It’s about time someone dragged them into modernity. Besides, if they’re defeated, it’s likely Suzu will be stripped of her positions and titles and made into some samurai’s wife and forced to bear his children, instead of living the dream she has up to now.”
Mina Toress:“He brings up a good point. What exactly can we do?”
“The whole country is in chaos too.”
“It’s not an easy task, but I’m listening.”
Calim Gorn:“We can help our friend… I don’t want to see Suzu made into another Imbued baby factory like so many others.”
Mina Toress:“Though even I am clueless to how to approach this.”
“Help her how exactly? Do you just mean to extract her?”
Calim Gorn:“We spent all that time protecting her from Nori and Masaru, and helping her become her own person, and putting her into the position she’s in now. I don’t want to turn my back on her when she needs us most.”
Geralt:“Neither do I, she can always return here.”
Mina Toress:“All of Mokoro needs help at this point, my lord.”
Calim Gorn:“She wasn’t specific in her request, she just said she needs help.”
Calim Gorn:“She can’t just abandon her lands and run away to Aylanae, whomever takes over Yoshinori’s lands would eventually demand her return, and then her fate would be up to them.”
DM:You got the idea she mainly wanted military aid, some extra imbued to help her forces… prettty much they need all they can afford over there.
Since most of Makoro wants the Yoshinori side to lose.
Geralt:“What if your wife was about to be attacked, no wait don;t answer that… what if your lover you visited the other day was about to be attacked – where would you go?”
Mina Toress:“Convincing a bunch of men to follow a woman’s rule in Mokoro during a time of war, and after they’ve just been decimated sounds nigh impossible. I don’t see how we can convince the others of her leadership. If I knew of some way to help her….”
DM:lol. yeah Calim could care less about Alyssa. :P
Mina Toress:“The only thing I could if provide material support in the form of magitech weaponry.”
- Calim Gorn smirks
Calim Gorn:“Well whatever support you can give is likely to be put to good use.”
DM:Pretty much it’s a case of a total free for all in Makoro, with a usurper trying to tclaim the throne (possibly multiple usurpers) and the rightful ruler being a woman and not being recognized.
Mina Toress:yeah lol
and thats just one domain
Calim Gorn:“As for Viniira, I understand your desire to help her, but she’s always been strong, and she has the rest of her clan with her. Suzu’s own people have turned against her.”
Mina Toress:the rest of the whole county is in chaos too
DM:So basically the goal will probably be to bludgeon one side into submission
And get em to bend the knee.
Mina Toress:with a potential old enemy next door as well ready to strike as their messiah appears
- Geralt ponders his statement
Mina Toress:mokoro is fucked lol
hachi would be like, just take me to the pound and have me put to sleep, gg kthxbai :-p
Geralt:“That she is. You have a point. I just can’t abandon her, she would think I didn’t care.”
Mina Toress:marriage is only way i can see this working
get megumi to marry someone
and try and quell the rebellion
gonna need a respected cuckold
dont think those exist in mokoro
Calim Gorn:Is it possible we’d have time to help Suzu after taking care of the sword thing?
DM:Maybe. depending on how long it takes you.
Mina Toress:now thats an idea
if megumi were to be one responsible FOR stopping the shogun
that may show her strength
we could ask her in on this mission perhaps
Calim Gorn:Hmmm yeah that might work too
DM:I mean any of the missions you migth be able to try another one if you acomplish it in time. Of course, it’s uncertain how long it’ll take to find the new Shogun… or when the earth demons will attack the minotaur clan..
Calim Gorn:Though she’s probably got her hands full with the rebellion
DM:yeah heh she can’t exactly leave her post
otherwise she’d basically be totally fucked
Mina Toress:yeah i just dont know how we can get em to bend a knee, only thing i know to do is just extract suzu if her safety is the issue
DM:They’re barely holding together, with an absentee lord it’d be even worse
Mina Toress:i dont see how we can solve her problem
keep her safe yeah, but solver her problem, no clue
Calim Gorn:By kicking a bunch of ass, lol
Kill all the usurpers until the rest of them get the idea
Mina Toress:so we’re under earth demon atk and our plan is to go wiping our mokoros already depleted army
Geralt:yeah, as i stated IC… you wiling to bash lots of heads for a political ideal?
Calim Gorn:Well I mean they’re already wiping themselves out, heh
If they cared about the Earth Demons they wouldn’t be fighting a fucking civil war
Mina Toress:well im just saying i think what you want to accomplish cant be done short term
gonna take a long term strategy
DM:Or there’s always the political way… and by that I mean the Straim Gorn way.. Sell out Megumi in exchange for Suzu’s safety.
DM:I mean the usurpers don’t encessarily want to hurt Suzu specifically, tehyw ant the throne… so… they migth be willing to deal if you sell out Megumi Yoshinori.
Of course you’d have t be a total backstabbing bastard to do that…
Calim Gorn:Yeah and I don’t think Suzu would like that too much
she definityl wouldn’t. :P
Calim Gorn:But we can deal with the long term stabilization of Makoro later, first off we gotta keep our side from getting curb stomped
Mina Toress:well mina will help whoever in this fools errand, tho she’ll prolly demant a favor in return from both parties
so i live it to yall two to decide what we do
since i dont got as much skin in the game
Geralt:“So why do you need me? You can surely handle that on your own.”
Mina Toress:leave it*
Calim Gorn:“It’s a multi-faction civil war, a single Imbued is as good as an entire squad of ordinary men.”
Mina Toress:“Are you sleeping with this girl?”
Calim Gorn:“No. She’s just a friend.”
Mina Toress:“Or a mistress?”
- Calim Gorn shakes his head
Calim Gorn:“Just a friend.”
Geralt:“Calim never sleeps with them…”
- Mina Toress gives him a skeptical look.
Mina Toress:“Friends like these….”
“And what about you?”
- Mina Toress says looking to Geralt.
Mina Toress:“You sleeping with this horned fury?”
Mina Toress:“No, imbecile, this woman you want us to help.”
Geralt:“Not currently, but all through our training here we were a couple.”
Mina Toress:“The minotaur.”
“I thought the horned fury part was self explanatory.”
Geralt:((sorry missed the horned fury part))
Mina Toress:“Not currently he says?”
“Is this your angle? Rescue her and sweep her off her feet?”
Calim Gorn:“A bit difficult to do that when she’s in a war zone and he’s here.”
Geralt:“Well we have been away on one mission after another. have not had the luxury to visit her like others have…”,
- Geralt glances to Calim
- Calim Gorn feigns ignorance
Calim Gorn:“Yes, I’ve been lucky enough to have my wife accompanying me for most of our adventures so far.”
Geralt:“I don;t have to sweep her, but I do intent to stand beside her.”
Mina Toress:“Fine, whatever. You two romantic buffoons decide, and I’ll lend you a hand.”
“I should be tracking down the future Shogun, but the things I do for love.” she says sarcastically
Calim Gorn:“Of course I also realize the utility of preventing the new Shogun of Saidai Taiyou from acquiring a legendary weapon…”
“I just wonder if such a thing is actually possible.”
Geralt:“We know the Earth Demon’s are a threat. Suzu is a friend of mine too, but Mokoro’s problems are not mine.”
Mina Toress:“I don’t know, but if your woman Daimyo was to accomplish such a task, it may be the display of strength to prove to her vassals, she is not to be messed with.”
Geralt:“What is that? Some legendary weapon?”
Mina Toress:“There is no greater foe, for those in Mokoro.”
Calim Gorn:“Yes, dragon sword or some such… The previous ones gave their wielders great powers, like never being slain in single combat or stopping time and so on.”
Mina Toress:“I don’t know what else she could do to prove her strength than kill the great dragons herself.”
Calim Gorn:“The Queen wants us to track down the prisoner who escaped from her dungeon, apparently he’s in line to receive the next sword as the next Shogun.”
Geralt:“So we are to get some sword for her?”
Calim Gorn:“Or at the least capture the Shogun and prevent him from getting the sword.”
Mina Toress:“No, we’re to keep this person from ascending to power as the next Shogun and receving such an artifact.”
Geralt:“Well honestly anything the Queen asks you to do is bound to be riddles with hidden plans.”
Mina Toress:“He is an escaped prisoner.”
“A political prisoner.”
“Having him hostage, was the only thing that kept the Shogunate in line.”
“Now with him freed, and Mokoro in chaos, its proving to be a vexing problem indeed.”
Calim Gorn:“And if he acquires the sword then he could become a powerful enemy of the empire.”
Mina Toress:“And likely retake Mokoro.”
“Sadai has been waiting for a long time, their forces are unspent.”
“And Mokoro’s beyond spent.”
“And the Empire busy with the threat of the earth demons.”
Calim Gorn:“I hear say that they have pacts with creatures of Aquum as well.”
Geralt:“Ok, so we halp quell the rebellion and Suzu, but then he finds this sword and all if for naught?’
DM:Well at least Makoro’s navy is mostly intact, they didn’t actually lose ships just men
Mina Toress:”It is likely we will loose Mokoro itself potentially."
DM:so they still got some naval power
Calim Gorn:“So long as Makoro’s navy remains intact they can at least put up a fight that way.”
“But if Saidai Taiyou makes landfall then things become more dicey.”
“They say the Queen’s mother was killed by a massive tentacle creature that Saidai Taiyou’s forces commanded… So I wonder how long Makoro’s navy would last.”
Mina Toress:“Well, it was the Orotheans actually.”
Calim Gorn:“Ah, I see… I must be getting my history lessons mixed up again.”
Mina Toress:“But the Shogunate and they were of the same ilk, fighting the empire.”
Calim Gorn:“At any rate… Perhaps if we’re swift enough we can recapture or kill Yuu Saidai and prevent all of this… And then come to Suzu’s aid afterwards.”
Mina Toress:“The enemy of my enemy, sort of deal.”
Geralt:“Your plan sounds possible. I suppose you need me to help track him?”
Calim Gorn:“It wouldn’t hurt.”
(Do we know what Yuu is capable of? Like what his abilities are and such?)
(Also does the Queen want him recaptured or is she okay with dead or alive?)
DM:From what the queen told you, he’s basicalyl been imprisoned since he’s a child… basicalyl as an insurance policy hostage.
So the Shogun wouldn’t attack anymore.
Though since he spent most of his life in jail he doesn’t have any training. and he’s a mundane.
Basically he only escaped cause he was pretty much the luckiest motherfucker alive.
Geralt:so in other words she’s the evil bitch holding people without reason or provocation as a threat
DM:Yeah basically the Shogun couldn’t be killed by normal means, so they kidanpped his kids
and used them as leverage.
So that’s how they got the SHogun’s forces to pull back in the last war with Saidai-Taiyou.
Calim Gorn:Yeah that was the last sword, basically made him invulnerable and he only died of old age
Mina Toress:brb bathroom
Geralt:ok, let’s wrap this up, i need to get to bed
DM:yeah yoiuy can make your decision of where you’re going heh.
- Geralt starts to consider your options
Geralt:"Well Vin is strong. I’ll send her a warning and let her know I’ll be there ASAP. Can you facilitate that?
DM:You could get a message out.
- Calim Gorn nods
Calim Gorn:“I think pursuing Yuu Saidai is an endeavor doomed to fail if luck is on his side… But who knows what Saidai Taiyou will do if he ascends to power with that sword.”
Geralt:“Let’s get this done beforethe poor sap finds his sword. I’m sure I’ll feel real good about killign some dude who has been wrongfully imprisioned his whole life.”
Yeah he was imprisoned 30 years pretty much.
Calim Gorn:“We could always just return him to prison…”
- Calim Gorn smirks
DM:Well with the Shogun dead, they’re cool with executing him
They were only keeping him alive while the Shogun was alive. another amazing coincidence that he managed to escape just before or perhaps exactly as the Shogun died.
Yeah shit like that is why I think that quest is doomed from the start
DM:Makoro supperstition would ceratinly say that.
Geralt:ok, Geralt is swayed, rather meta style cause no choice is really viable in his opinion, destined to fail no matter which choice
Calim Gorn:Good thing we aren’t from Makoro I guess?
I mean most of the rest of the civilized empire doesn’t believe that.
Calim Gorn:Time to flip this dragon the bird
Geralt:help suzu, dude gets sword and takes over anyway
DM:Well I mean, it’s not guaranteed he’ll take over with the sword. I mean the last Shogun lost, and the guy doesn’t exactly have combat training right now.
Of course the sword is a major magical item.. so…
Calim Gorn:Yeah even if he gets the sword he’s still a mundane who’s spent his whole life in prison
Geralt:unless the sword’s powers are I will slay every imbued who faces me in combat
DM:yeah heh Unless it’s that, of course you coudl always try to kill hm with a mundane then
Calim Gorn:It’s the World Splitter, it might be really awesome against Earth Demons
ok, decision made, was wanting some real tear jerking persuasive arguements, lol
Mina Toress:more likely it heralds in earth demons fucking up the world
Geralt:i need to get to bed, tired and another big day tomorrow
Mina Toress:whats big about tomorrow
got a wrestling match?
Geralt:more work to do after church
DM:Okay so you decided to go after the sword?
Calim Gorn:Okay, so order of priority is 1. Yuu Saidai, 2. Help Suzu, 3. Viniira
DM:heh okay, poor Viniira.
Left on her own.
Mina Toress:bring her with us lol
we gonna need the help!
DM:Well Viniira isn’t gonna want to abandon her people lol.
Suzu maybe you could convince to leave, of course it’d be incredibly cowardly for her to desert the new female daimyo.
And probably lead to a bunch of “That’s why you can’t trust women” statements. :P
Mina Toress:nobody wants to abandon everything, theyre worse than rich people building houses in hurricane zones
Geralt:i spent the last two days ripping the house apart and cleanign up crap in one or our buildings, burning lots of limbs and scrap from the house demo
Mina Toress:the leaves here wont fuckin burn, theyre like nomex or something
DM:well you’ve got proud warrior cultures. They don’t really turn tail and run at the first sign of danger.
Mina Toress:they wouldnt be in danger if they lived away from it ::-p
Calim Gorn:Can I ask Alyssa to persuade Ellenya to send Megumi some equipment? lol
Geralt:i’m remodeling the house so ripping off the old fiber board wall crap, tearing down all the stupid trim, going to knock out some walls and open the floor plan up
DM:Hmm.. yeah I guess Alyssa might try that.
Calim Gorn:I mean Ellenya is all about girl power
Plus it’s another opportunity for field testing
And she’s been wanting to expand business into Makoro
That’s a massive untapped market
Mina Toress:if the shoguns sword is a nodachi, looks like mina is the next shogun
ninja loot ftw
Calim Gorn:Except you’ll have to spend like 50 points for it as a device to be able to use it lol
Geralt:to bad tis not a lott system where things you get actually matter
Mina Toress:just wear it for decoration
Ellenya Toress:“Hmm well I guess I could send over the Mk 1… Though I’d need some guarantee it’d come back and I’d get the data.”
DM:heh, well the sword can’t really be picked up by others, at least last time someone tried that, bad shit happened.
Calim Gorn:“Of course.”
DM:When they killed one Shogun and tried to take his sword.
Mina Toress:i know im just joking around
Calim Gorn:Yeah I was wondering if we could take the sword for ourselves heh
DM:you could but history dictates that’s a bad idea.. cause another imbued, one of the Blessed Six actually had that same idea
where he rushed for the loot as the sword dropped
Mina Toress:the tabris loot maneuver?
Yeah heh… it’s detaailed there.
Mina Toress:i know about it, i made hachi remmeber
tho ironically i retire him and now the story goes all heavy mokoro/sadai
Ellenya Toress:“Well what kind of guarantee I’ll have that this thing will be piloted by someone competetn and that itl’l come back in one peice…. if it gets trashed it’s going to hurt the company image a lot.”
DM:heh… well I mean the story jumps around to different places.
It’s sorta intended that its’ gonna be in different regions every once in a while.
Mina Toress:fine whatever, give me an excuse to find the muramasa in mokoro or something
Geralt:ok, peace out, see you next tme for some major screwing… i made sure the lube was in my bag
Calim Gorn:“My bandmate Suzu has trained extensively in the use of Magitech and she’s a competent pilot. And if she wrecks it then I’ll pay for it myself.”
Ellenya Toress:"This thing is really expensive… "
Calim Gorn:“Then I suppose I’ll be indebted to you for some time.”
Mina Toress:does it have progressive?
Discount Double Bitch
“You’ve got to put it to the test eventually… And it’s not like Earth Demons would be easier to get salvage from.”
Ellenya Toress:“Hmm.. well if you can get the Grand Duke or the Queen to sign off on it.. I suppose I can do that.”
Calim Gorn:lol… Hey dad I need a loan…
“I’ll see what I can arrange…”
Ellenya Toress:“This is the most advanced magitech armor ever created… second only to the Mk 2 which is still in development.”
Calim Gorn:“I’m sure Father will be interested in its performance then. He’s always acquiring the latest technology.”
Ellenya Toress:“Well you better not be stealing my designs! That’s all proprietary tech protected by the Artificer’s guild.”
Calim Gorn:“Yes, of course. But Father will be a regular customer if you can provide something that impresses him.”
“And my recommendation will carry weight with him.”
“How about I trade my recommendation to him for your unit helping my friend?”
Ellenya Toress:“If this thing works out, it’s not going to need any recommendations, besides have you ever piloted a magitech armor before? And past lives don’t count.”
“I’ve had some basic training on them.”
(I have +10 Vehicles)
DM:ah okay, you ddi put ranks in it?
Calim Gorn:So I can use one if the opportunity ever arises =P
Ellenya Toress:“Hmm… well just get him or the Queen rto sign off on the expenses if anything bad happens to it.. it’s still a prototype, so it has some bugs.”
Calim Gorn:“Very well, I’ll see what I can arrange.”
(Can burn a Hero point through my Connected advantage maybe? Heh)
Or get Alyssa to make a Persuade check for me, lol
DM:heh okay. I’ll let you use a hero point. I mean Alyssa ain’t really gonna convince Tharian to do it probably… I mean unless she’s gonna sleep with him.. but the queen is keeping her on too tight a leash for that
Calim Gorn:lol well she could convince the queen
I mean I figure Cheisa would want to see Megumi win
DM:Yeah she coudl potentially, but I’m gonna charge ya a hero point anyway… since Herlock si technically out of the game so not doing too mcuh.
Calim Gorn:lol okay
DM:Alyssa is gonanb e fairly minor, I’ll let you use her for some connections but you can’t really keep her as a pocket diplomancer.
Calim Gorn:Yeah I expected that much
I mean I have the advantage and she is my wife so I figure it’s a good use of the advantage but I don’t expect to get +30 Persuasion checks all around
Ellenya Toress:“Okay I’ll have it shipped over… Suzu better know what she’s doing.. she does know what she’s doing right?”
Calim Gorn:“Yes, she’s probably the best pilot in all of Makoro.”
DM:At first Ellenya is moderately pleased, but then thinks about it a minute and gives a half-frown.
Mina Toress:and so…..mokoro’s love of giant robots begins
Could be thes tart of a new age.
Calim Gorn:Yeah that’s what I’m hoping, lol
They get their asses kicked by a little girl in a giant robot and suddenly decide that Magitech is pretty awesome
Calim Gorn:Either way hopefully that’ll help Suzu hold out until I can get over there myself, heh
Yeah didn’t expect you guys to hang Viniira out to dry like that :)
Well if it was actually possible to accomplish this stuff as three solo quests that’d be the best way to do it… But since you insist that’s near impossible doesn’t leave us a lot of options
DM:heh well the odds certainly woudln’t be with you… and since the odds already aren’t with you already in the seven swords quest.. that’d be doubly bad.
DM:I dunno if it’d say it’d be totally impossible but like there’s a decent chance someone might die, and I don’t watn Sef to have to make a new cahracter again :P
Calim Gorn:Yeah we’re probably gonna be rolling every check at Disadvantage like in 5e
DM:yeah heh. and you can probably expect a lot of complications to be tossed at you.
Just as a warning :)
DM:Granted, you’re probably at the lowest risk of outright dying here though.
The Earth demon msision is by far the most risky. They’ll straigh tup kill you.
And in Makoro they may kill you too depending on circumstances. heh.
Calim Gorn:lol yeah
Well in Makoro they may at least just ransom us off
Instead of outright killing us
I mean they probably wouldn’t kill Calim
Mina is probably fucked.
they don’t like vampires
and Geralt isn’t looking good either
Though given you’re married to the princess, they wouldn’t really want to fuck up that relationship.
Calim Gorn:Once again it pays to be a nobleman
To the earh demons though, you’re all equal.
Calim Gorn:lol yeah
G is gonna be pissed if Viniira ends up dead though
DM:Yeah heh, well I did give you a choice, granted a tough one, but like… none of the characters are automatically destined for death. Though some might die if you don’t help em.
Suzu is probably more likely to end up brutally raped and imprisoned.