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Topic: The Morphing Game
Subject: instead of fast...


slow

Posted on 2006-11-28 at 12:38:55.

Topic: Star Wars: The Tides of Fate
Subject: run for it!


Ziv used the key to release the restraints on himself, Lana, Mercury, and the rest of the crew in the chamber. Lana led the ways to the shuttle, pausing only long eough to override a couple of security panels along the way. "It won't stop them from blowing the hatches," she explained, "but it will at least keep them from walking right through."

The shuttle is cramped, and smells of stale air - and still manages to look extremely inviting. With no one else moving to do so, the young human from the bridge slides behind the flight controls. There is no time for preflight, obviously; with this sort of desperate attempt to escape, Mercury fired the engines as soon as everyone is clear of the airlock. Everyone cringed, awaiting the moment when the TDF ship opens its guns on the escaping shuttle...

***********

"Sir, we haven't fully secured the area, yet. One of our troopers, aided by a jedi, has intigated a revolt..."

Commander Albari cut the soldier off with a curt gesture. He would pesonally be there when they opened those spice containers - who knew how many men the Hutts had placed in the corrupt TDF fleet? He would make sure to get full value for the confiscated cargo. This deal would ensure his comfort for many years to come.

Besides, the jedi and the rebel (Albari had no idea why a Hutt's man would have run, so he assumed the soldier was working for someone else) had already fled in the shuttle. They would shoot the pitiful craft down at their leisure; aside from a few panicked civilians, there was little out of place aboard the crippled Kul Kura.

Albari swiped the passcard he had taken from the dead duro captain through the reader and stepped through the hatch. There! His eyes widened at the sight of the plassteel containers he knew contained more than a small fortune in illegal spice.

What the commander did not realize was that one of the containers was packed not with spice, but with a very interesting explosive device. "Unauthorized access." spoke the ship computer's female voice as he stepped forward. "Initiating sequence theta-seven-seven."

"What the hell?" barked Albari. "This is the correct passcard!"

And it was, in fact, the correct card - but Captain Dulo had been somewhat of a computer genius, and had created a very specific progrm to execute inthe event of his untimely death. Since none of his family members hd swiped their own passcards following the captain's, the program triggered.

The second container to the left made an odd clicking sound as it trigged two devices - one fired a powerful EMP, the second ignited a specially-designed thermal detonator. Albari had time to wonder aloud once more as all power to the ship instantly failed, as even his commlink went dead. The wonder, however, did not last long, as a focused explosion punched a hole thrugh the hull of the Kul Kura, exposing the charred bodies of the commander and his escort to the gentle embrace of vacuum.

***********

"What the hell was that?" Damanil demanded as the shuttle bucked violently. "Have we been hit? Are they firing?"

Mercury shook his head as he attempted to correct the craft's course. "No... some sort of shockwave from the Kul Kura... looks like there's been an explosion!"

The young man's mouth was a tight line as he concentrated on the readouts. "It's knocked out our stabilizers... we're caught in the planet's gravity well. Everyone hold on, it's gonna be a bumpy ride!"

As it turned out, Mercury did not exagerrate. Tanaab's atmosphere was not kind to the small craft, and it was all that he could do to keep it on a glide path that did not result in the ship burning up in the atmosphere. "No way we'll make it to a spaceport," he explained calmly. "Looks like a crash landing..."

And he was correct. The shuttle finally came to a halt with a bone-jarring jolt, but Mercury had done a good job - no one was seriously injured.

"Now what?" Lana demanded.

You have crash landed on Tanaab's surface. As best you can tell, you are a good ten klicks west of the nearest city. None of you have more than bumps or bruises from the landing.





Posted on 2006-11-22 at 10:32:26.
Edited on 2006-11-22 at 10:33:13 by t_catt11

Topic: Creating Links and Formatting Text: A Tutorial
Subject: link


Submit the link, and we'll take a look.


Posted on 2006-11-22 at 00:06:41.

Topic: Continuing Where We Last Left Off
Subject: buggy buggy


With the last of the cretures dead or disabled, and the most urgent of the party's wounded tended to, Arien finally alowed himself several moments of uncontrolled shuddering as an outlet to the revulsion he felt with the ichor spattered on both his armor and his exposed skin. Ruefully, he mused that it would take quite a bit of polishing to get the enchanted metal clean, and the material staining it didn't help matters any... but it couldn't be helped. That would be a task for when they made camp, however; for now, there were more pressing matters.

When Talas slew one of the disabled monsters, Arien made no move to stay his hand. There was talk of communication with the mantis mage, and while the creature was obviously intelligent, Arien sincerely doubted that it had the capacity or desire to communicate with humans - and that was assuming that it could somehow speak an understandable tounge, which he doubted almost as much. Still, there was no harm in letting them try, the knight supposed.

The wounded mage seemed almost frantic for a moment as he stares at things no one else can see. Arien considered that the mage was possibly mad, but he had been an effective comrade, and had known about the boys' ambush. No, more likely the man had some sort of second sight. The knight decided that if that were in fact the case, the odd conversation with the air was perfectly reasonable.

After confirming that the boys were uninjured, the knight checked with his comrades. He had been personally lucky; his companions had, for the most part, not shared his fortune, and the knight whispered a quick prayer of gratitude to Heironeous.

"Let us conclude our business here quickly, my friends," Arien spoke. "I would be loathe to linger here, lest our battle attract more of these creatures." Provided no one objects, he continued. "Once we are fit enough, we should escort the boys to their home, so that they may collect what they need. Once that is done, Kilgim's excellent proposal of Freegate seems like the best choice of action for you four." his eyes narrowed. "And see to it that you stay out of trouble!" he ordered. "The gods have given you a second chance - use it wisely."

Having no need of medical attention, Arien will assume a defenive position, and keep an eye out for any further threats.






Posted on 2006-11-22 at 00:02:36.
Edited on 2006-11-22 at 00:03:43 by t_catt11

Topic: Continuing Where We Last Left Off
Subject: bug killin...


Arien's stomach lurches at the crunch of the ankheg's carapace, and the spurt of filth from the wound is enough to cause his mouth to go dry, but again, there is no time for such womanness. Fortunately, Winston has no such squeamish response, and the warhorse wheels readily at the knight's command as they seek their next target.

Arien is able to see the sickening event of Jal's terrible wound, and watches in horror as the mage slumps to the ground in a pool of his own lifeblood. Fortunately, Kilgim has dispatched his own foe, freeing him to assist.

"Kilgim!" Arien cries, "aid Jal!" Though neither spellcaster is in immediate danger, Arien knows well that the cleric will be vulnerable as he tends to Jal's wounds, and an interruption could well prove fatal to the strange man - provided that his wounds have not already done so.

Therefore, the knight urges his horse onward to place himself in a position to guard the two of them while Kilgim works on the wounded mage.

If Kilgim is unable to heal Jal, Arien will uncork his own healing potion and attempt to administer it. Otherwise, he will interpose himself between the pair and any who might threaten them. After that, the idea is to kill thri-kreen, rinse, and repeat, making it a habit to keep an eye out for any comrades who may need his help.


Posted on 2006-11-17 at 09:45:10.
Edited on 2006-11-17 at 11:10:10 by t_catt11

Topic: Creating Links and Formatting Text: A Tutorial
Subject: not quite...


there is a link label there, but no working page yet.

Posted on 2006-11-16 at 14:36:57.

Topic: Star Trek: Discovery - Q&A
Subject: a bump...


I'm almost back to being able to post. Let's get ready to roll again!

Posted on 2006-11-16 at 14:02:19.

Topic: Memorable NPCs?
Subject: hehe...


I still have shivers of glee about Elvaleryn.

Of course, it ruined my rep as a DM, at least where Yana was involved - from that point on, eveyone involved suspected us of conspiracies.

Posted on 2006-11-16 at 12:11:34.

Topic: Continuing Where We Last Left Off Q&A
Subject: dissenting, as usual...


I'd rather do three round or so, like you used to do, if ossible. Otherwise, we could be doing this fight for the next month...



Posted on 2006-11-16 at 08:16:19.

Topic: Continuing Where We Last Left Off Q&A
Subject: meh


That's okay. We'll be all right.

Really.

Maybe we can write some CWWLLO fanfic to get us through?

Posted on 2006-11-13 at 16:14:43.

Topic: Art of Yanamari
Subject: art... *sigh*


Thanks for sharing new and old stuffs with us... we've missed it!

Posted on 2006-11-13 at 15:09:00.

Topic: Art of Yanamari
Subject: talk about being missed...


It's Yananananananana!!!!

She talks of finishing maps, precious... she teases us!

Good to see you, girl.


Posted on 2006-11-13 at 15:02:10.

Topic: Plot twists most worthy of a dice shower?
Subject: hehe...


I knew this was coming from someone.

THAC0 stands for To Hit Armor Class Zero. It's a measure of your character's combat skill in 2nd edition D&D.


Posted on 2006-11-10 at 18:58:08.

Topic: Plot twists most worthy of a dice shower?
Subject: another letter?


Not really. We just pronouce the "long A" sound instead of the short. A as in Abraham, instead of A as in apple.

Of course neither are the A sound used in armor...

WhatEVER, canuck! Like your side of the continent doesn't mangle the language, too!

Posted on 2006-11-10 at 10:49:36.
Edited on 2006-11-10 at 10:50:27 by t_catt11

Topic: Plot twists most worthy of a dice shower?
Subject: not exactly...


I have heard both pronounciations around here... we siply reject "thak-co" as evil heresy is all.

@ pretentious

Posted on 2006-11-10 at 09:50:28.
Edited on 2006-11-10 at 09:50:43 by t_catt11

Topic: Continuing Where We Last Left Off
Subject: Dirtied armor?


Arien wasn't sure if was was due to luck or to skill, but the party had faed very well thus far, all things considered. One mammoth bug dead, another down, a third sorely wounded. However, the smaller insectoid warriors worried the knight - thier leaping ability was a huge tactical advantage over he and his companions. The appearance of reinforcements - one of them apparently a mage, at that - did nothing to reassure Arien.

Arien felt confident that he and the gladiator would be able to handle the huge bugs, and he had seen enough of Kilgim to trust that the cleric would more than hold his own. That would free the others to deal with the mantis-folk.

"Char! Spellcasters!" he cried to his companions. "Focus your efforts on the thri-kreen!" Hopefully, the ranger's bow, combined with the magical firepower the group commanded, would offset the edge in maneuverability that their foes enjoyed.

For now, though, the knight had the more immediate concern of the giant abomination that wanted nothing more than to divest him of his hard exterior, so that it could get to the chewy knight inside.

Ignoring the bile that rose in the back of his throat at the idea that these things were, indeed, bugs, Arien redoubled his efforts to kill the beast nearest his position.


Posted on 2006-11-09 at 20:44:05.

Topic: DnD stereotypes
Subject: fun...


Well, let's see...


1. lots of mountain dew (check)
2. loads of funyuns (the oniony type chip, nope)


Check on number one. Number two? Nah. Doritos, cheese puffs, pizza.


3. black light (nope)
4. something to get high with (nope)

Nope, nope. I was actually unaware of the black light stereotype, and have only gamed with one person who had one (and that, as a teenager).

Don't game with any who get high, at least, not at game sesions.


5. we're all still virgins (just like the rest of the world on this one guys and gals)

I have two kids and a hot wife, so I gotta go no on this one. I have to say, though, I have played with quote a few who might be... and quite a few who definitely are not.

You left out the computer geek stereotype... fits me like a glove, I'm afraid.


Posted on 2006-11-09 at 15:21:21.
Edited on 2006-11-09 at 15:22:10 by t_catt11

Topic: Continuing Where We Last Left Off Q&A
Subject: cool


that's awesome.

Posted on 2006-11-09 at 14:41:40.

Topic: Plot twists most worthy of a dice shower?
Subject: man, please!


That's the whole point. "Thak-co" is wacko. As in, don't say it that way!

"Thak-zero" deserves an automatic blow to the head, sorry. The whole point of an acronym is to be able to SAY it by substituting a letter for one or more words. If you substitute a word back in for a letter, you are defeating the purpose.



Posted on 2006-11-09 at 08:52:58.
Edited on 2006-11-09 at 08:53:29 by t_catt11

Topic: Continuing Where We Last Left Off
Subject: all of this build up for a wandering monster encounter?


Later, Arien would mentally kick himself further for not recognizing the danger until it was upon the party, but for now, there was no time for such distractions. They were surrounded by monsters directly out of nightmares, monsters that perfectly mached the descriptons given by the boys.

And of course, it would be giant bugs. Arien hated bugs, had hated them all of his life. As a child, he had been more than a little afraid of them; handling creepy crawlies had been the sole domain of Alloryen, much to his father's amusement. Even now, the sensation of an insect's chitin cracking under his bootheel made him a touch squeamish.

But these feelings, too, were set side by the knight in the face of the danger that threatened the group and the innocents they protected. After this was all said and done, Arien could allow his skin to crawl, but not now.

Without enough room to get a proper charge in with his lance, Arien instead drew Liun'naur and shouted the sword's name, causing it to instantly ignite into blue flame. Surrounded as they were, there was no real time or means for a tactical assault on the creatures - they would simply have to fight their way out. "Keep them away from the boys!" the knight cried as he spurred Wisnton into a charge at the nearest ankheg.

OOC: For now, Arien is not overly concerned with the mantis warriors; even if he wanted to fight them, he'd have to get through an ankheg, and he trusts his armor to protect him from their missiles while he deals with the biguns. Once we drop a giant bug or two, we'll revisit the best way to continue the fight.

Arien is operating under the "best defense is a good offense" mentality right now. However, if the boys are threatened, he will break off his attack and do everything possible to interfece himself between the boys and any attackers.




Posted on 2006-11-09 at 08:48:12.
Edited on 2006-11-09 at 08:49:54 by t_catt11

Topic: Plot twists most worthy of a dice shower?
Subject: Thay-co?


Is that a regional thing? I've always pronounced it "thay-co"...

If you don't know what we are talking about, don't ask. Trust me, you won't care (2e rules thing).


Posted on 2006-11-08 at 16:34:48.

Topic: Continuing Where We Last Left Off Q&A
Subject: charge it is...


Nah, Arien is charging, Al alluded to that in his post (he and I had emailed beforehand).

I will post, however.

Posted on 2006-11-08 at 16:04:18.

Topic: Continuing Where We Last Left Off Q&A
Subject: positioning?


Meh. Chaaaaaarge!

Posted on 2006-11-08 at 09:13:41.

Topic: Corrupt a wish
Subject: fun!


Granted! They are all ravenous, rabid lions.

I wish I could fly.

Posted on 2006-11-07 at 19:37:51.

Topic: Continuing Where We Last Left Off
Subject: hi ho the merry-o, a questing we will go!


The boys launched into a tale that told of giant, man-eating bugs... and possibly of smaller bugs that rode them. Arien shook his head - he had fought a wide array of monsters, but nothing that fit this description. For the hundredth time since her departure, he wished tht Alloryen were here to provide insight on the matter.

But she wasn't. Other party members did have ideas, called them ankhegs and thri-kreen; the knight would have to trust that they knew what they were talking about. Not that it particularly mattered - the description the boys gave was enough. They were fearsome monsters, and they had to be killed. It was that simple.

Thom looked up at Arien with eyes filled with hope and faith, “But you are here now! That’s why you’ve come isn’t it? To slay the evil bugs? That’s what Paladins and their squires do! Save people in holy quest type thingies.”

The knight smiled grimly. The boy was right, after a fashion - this was what Arien did, and he would undoubtedly help. "Son," he spoke, "I am no paladin, but I pledge my blade to your family's assistance. We will slay these monsters, so that you may recover your supplies and give your father a proper burial." This was the only right and good thing to do; it never occured to Arien that any of his comrades might not see things the same way.

“Arien, Kilgrim,” Talas spoke up, then, his hand closing on the hilt of his sword, “all is not right. I feel that danger yet lurks close to us; be on your guard all.”

Char agreed. “I say we ge’ goin’ den,” the ranger said, “moun’ up an’ ride t’ rockier groun’. We can take da lads wit’ us, bu’ we’d be safer where it be ‘arder t’ dig.”

Winston shied again, and Arien suddenly realized that the horse had never seemed to calm. How could he have been such a fool? The animal was a trained and experienced warhorse - he had seen the chaos of battle, had even seen magical explosions. Four boys with swords would have never caused him to be nervous in the first place. No, the horse had sensed the real danger, and Arien had ignored it.

With a knot of fear forming in his stomach - fear the knight tried to tell himself was only out of concern for the others - Arien spoke urgently. "You are right, my friends. We must move, and now! Quickly! Boys, each of you share a saddle with one of us. We must leave this place now!"

Posted on 2006-11-06 at 14:26:15.
Edited on 2006-11-06 at 14:29:01 by t_catt11

 
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